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US Capitol Historical Society Awards Claire Carol Knutson Third Place In 2013 'Making Democracy Work' Student-Essay Contest

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Chetek, Wisconsin Student Honored for Exemplary Essay

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Capitol Historical Society is pleased to announce that Claire Carol Knutson, a sixth grade student at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School/Middle School has been named one of the winners of the 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest. Claire was awarded Third Place in the Junior Division and earned a cash prize of $250.

"The US Capitol Historical Society is pleased to recognize Claire for her exemplary essay," said US Capitol Historical Society President Ron Sarasin. "As with all the winning essays, Claire's essay reflected a deep understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our representative form of government."

Miss Knutson's award-winning essay, "Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities of a U.S. Citizen," reminds us of how important it is to understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

"It is very important that we always use these rights correctly," Miss Knutson concludes, "so that we do not lose or abuse them, and live the fullest life we can in the United States of America."

Recognizing Miss Knutson's award, Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-7) said, "I add my congratulations to Claire for her thoughtful and on point essay. Every two years, as I'm sworn into office, I renew my pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It is evident that despite her young age, Miss Knutson has a clear understanding and respect for this document and our Constitutional rights as well. I am confident the future is bright for Claire. I wish her all the best as well as offer my congratulations to her parents and teachers who have guided and inspired her education."

The 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest was made possible by a generous grant from Express Scripts. The 2013 contest is the second in the US Capitol Historical Society's Making Democracy Work program that has drawn hundreds of entries from students in grades 6-8 and 9-12.

The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) was founded in 1962 and is chartered by Congress to educate the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol building, its institutions and the people who have served therein. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is a nonpartisan, private, nonprofit, tax-exempt, educational 501(c)(3) organization.

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