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She Started It – Art and Essay Contest and Teacher Award

January 5, 2021

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Utah statehood. Utah women have always made history, but they’re often missing in our textbooks, classrooms, and public art. We need your help to change that!

We’re holding a student contest and teacher awards this February and we hope you’ll participate and spread the word. Find details about submissions, age categories, and prizes by downloading the student contest flyer or the teacher award flyer.

Utah students grades 4-12: Create an original essay or artwork about a woman in Utah history who made a difference in your community. Include what you are inspired to do today to follow in her footsteps. Winners in each age category will receive cash awards and prizes from local Utah businesses, and their work will be shared statewide on Utah Public Radio and digital exhibits. Submit your entry here by February 5.

Utah teachers, grades 4-12: Better Days is accepting applications to honor Utah teachers with a $500 Seraph Young Award. This will be given to 2 teachers who demonstrate a commitment to teaching students about Utah women’s contributions to our state, inspiring a new generation of students to follow in the footsteps of the women who came before them. Submit your (short) application here by February 5. 

Questions? Email Thanks for participating—we’ll notify all winners by February 14!