Sanders announces high school winners of essay contest

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign stop at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced the Vermont student winners of his annual State of the Union essay contest.

His office says the 11th annual contest was a chance for high school students around the state to describe pressing issues that they would prioritize as president of the United States.  

First place went to William Taggard, a junior at Brattleboro Union High School, who wrote about changing the presidential election process.

Emilia De Jounge, a sophomore at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, won second place and third place went to Simon Rosenbaum, a junior at the Vermont Commons School in South Burlington.

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