MEDIA ADVISORY: Sanders to Hold Roundtable Discussion With Student Finalists of His State of the Union Essay Contest

BURLINGTON, Vt., Feb. 8 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday will host a roundtable discussion with the student finalists of his thirteenth annual State of the Union Essay Contest at the Vermont State House.

This year, 382 students from 31 Vermont high schools submitted essays. A panel of seven Vermont educators served as volunteer judges, ranking the essays and selecting twelve finalists and three winners. Students wrote on critically important issues, including climate change, access to mental health care, political polarization, gun safety, disability rights, racial justice, and more. Sanders also entered the finalists’ essays into the Congressional Record, the official archive of the U.S. Congress.

Read the essays of the winners and finalists here.

What: State of the Union Essay Contest roundtable with student finalists and Sen. Sanders
When: Saturday, February 11, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Vermont State House, House Chamber
Notes: Attendance is limited to student participants, their invited guests, and members of the press. Media members must RSVP by contacting All attendees must follow Vermont Department of Health guidance and monitor symptoms. Attendees are encouraged to take a rapid COVID-19 test prior to the event, and to wear masks during the event.