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."