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Calling All Tennessee Teachers & Students

Enter the “Battle for the Ballot” Statewide Student Competition!

What Does the Ratification of the 19th Amendment 100 Years Ago Mean to You…Today?

Deadlines Extended!!!!

The Battle for the Ballot Contests for Grades 6-8 and High School deadlines have been extended! Please use the link below for additional information and new due dates!

The State of Tennessee commemorates 100 years of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020. To mark the occasion, we are sponsoring a statewide competition for Tennessee students from kindergarten to high school. Different grade levels will have different projects, from designing a suffrage banner, to writing a poem, public service announcement or speech, to  producing a short documentary film. All of the projects will allow students to engage with and reflect upon the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and just what the fight for a woman’s right to vote means to them.

Prizes include scholarship money* in a TNStars 529 account and Apple IPads. All winners in each category, and their teachers, will also get an all-expenses paid trip to Nashville to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment with us in August 2020.

Not Your Ordinary Essay Contest:

We want every student and teacher to learn about women’s suffrage and Tennessee’s unique role in the ratification of the 19th amendment. For teachers, the Battle for the Ballot competition is built around the inquiry-process of project-based learning and is designed to hit grade-specific standards through a multi-disciplinary approach. It has something for every grade level. It’s an opportunity for students to use their creativity, develop their communication skills, and win some really cool prizes. Projects for grade levels are:

  • K-2: Create a Banner
  • 3-5: Write a Poem
  • 6-8: Write a Public Service Announcement (PSA)
  • 9-12: Write a Speech or Produce a Short Documentary Film


Prizes for K-5 include an Apple iPad for the top 3 winners in each category. The 6-12 grand prize winners will receive scholarship money* in a TNSTARS 529 account.

All winners will receive an invitation to be VIP participants in a centennial celebration in Nashville. Sponsoring teachers of student winners will receive a teacher gift card, as well as an invitation to accompany their winning student(s) to Nashville.

Click on the links below for contest rules and prompts.

Grade Band Project Topic Teacher Packets (with instructions)
K-2 Banner and slogan Teacher Packet
3-5 Poetry Teacher Packet
6-8 Public Service Announcement Teacher Packet
9-12 Documentary Teacher Packet
9-12 Speech Teacher Packet

Email all inquiries to education@tnwoman100.com.

For additional information, curriculum resources, teacher workshops, and events check out TNWOman100.com throughout the year!

* Scholarship monies have been donated by the following: the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, East Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee at Martin, Tennessee Tech University, the Secretary of State’s office, Middle Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University, and the family of Randy Boyd.