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2021 Scott Johnson High School Essay contest deadline

March 22

WCOG announces the topic for the 2021 high school essay contest!

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The 2021 Scott Johnson High School Essay contest deadline is now open and will run until May 22. The contest is open to ALL high school students in Washington State, public, private, and home-schooled and the winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize in June. This year’s topic is:

  • Identify an event or issue where open government meetings or records helped advance the cause of justice. Explain how this government transparency made a difference in the public’s understanding and how people were held accountable for their actions.

The annual contest is sponsored by the Stokes Lawrence Law Firm and is named for their late partner, Scott Johnson, who was a WCOG board member and champion of transparency. The entrants must provide a 400-600 word, original work that will be judged for clarity, understanding of the issue, and accuracy. All students are encouraged to visit our website at to learn more about transparency laws in Washington and to view all contest rules and information. Entries must be made by email to  by end of day May 22, 2021. The winner will be announced in June.

Join WCOG and help in the non-partisan fight for transparent government and open public participation. WCOG was founded in 2002 by a group of individuals representing organizations with a broad spectrum of opinions and interests but all dedicated to the principles of strengthening the state’s open government laws and protecting the public’s access to government at all levels. WCOG stands for the principle that transparency and public participation are essential building blocks of good government.

Membership is open to the public. For more information contact WCOG at, or call (206) 782-0393


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