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test from spe­cific age cat­e­gories will re­ceive $100 with an­other $100 awarded to the win­ner's school.

Hose­mann said his of­fice chose these par­tic­u­lar prompts be­cause he didn't want to "shrink their abil­ity to think out­side and cog­ni­tive about what they want Mis­sis­sippi to be."

"We are just sim­ply place­hold­ers for the fu­ture," Hose­mann said. "This is the fu­ture here."

Hose­mann said his of­fice has been do­ing Pro­mote the Vote for 25 years and be­cause it is the bi­cen­ten­nial year, they wrote the book and gave it to the stu­dents. In the book, it de­scribes some of Mis­sis­sippi's his­tory along with its cur­rent and fu­ture ac­com­plish­ments.

Along with the pre­sen­ta­tion of Mis­sis­sippi's his­tory, Hose­mann em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of in­ter­act­ing with the youth in the com­mu­nity and be­com­ing an ac­tive cit­i­zen and voter.

He said ev­ery res­i­dent has the right to go cast their bal­lot and de­ter­mine the di­rec­tion the state, county or city is go­ing.

"I wanted them to look at their his­tory and start to re­al­ize that their fu­ture is at the bal­lot box," Hose­mann said. "I wanted to tie those two to­gether. Your his­tory is your his­tory, your fu­ture is your vote."

Prin­ci­pal of Over­street Ele­men­tary Ti­mothy Bourne says hav­ing elected of­fi­cials make ap­pear­ances in the class­rooms brings im­por­tance to vot­ing within it­self and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to see the po­lit­i­cal process.

"Stu­dents can ac­tu­ally touch, feel and in­ter­act with the peo­ple that they put in of­fice," Bourne said. "Not only that but ask ques­tions of them of how they are serv­ing them."

Bourne said he is ex­cited to have the stu­dents at Over­street par­tic­i­pate in this con­test. He said it al­lows stu­dents to ex­press them­selves in an artis­tic and thought­ful man­ner and is anx­ious to see what they come up with.

"They give you hon­esty and some in­sight that you may not have ever looked at this par­tic­u­lar is­sue from this par­tic­u­lar an­gle," Bourne said. "Not only that but kind of put a vi­sion on pa­per on where they want to see mis­sis­sippi go, what do they see in its fu­ture."

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