Tuesday, August 17The votes are in. Giddeon Yago announced 20-year-old Princella Smith as the "Stand Up and Holla!" essay contest winner on MTV's Total Request Live yesterday. The college student from Wynne, Arkansas, will speak at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, August 31.
The contest, sponsored by MTV and the Republican National Convention, started last spring and gave Americans ages 18-24 a chance to answer the question "Why is the President's call for community service important and how have you demonstrated it?" More than 1,000 essays were submitted.
Smith's essay focused on her generation and it was inspired by a personal experience she had with President Bush.
"We have the privilege of uniting under a leader, President George W. Bush, who calls us to a higher purpose. Instead of Generation X, he inspires us to be what I call Generations X-ample . . . our generation of 18-year-old soldiers can take a stand against the horrors of terrorism in order to bring peace and democracy to those who have no hope," Smith wrote in her essay.
Although Smith is the only one of the 10 finalists who will take the podium at the convention, the rest will attend the event. The 10 finalists were posted on the Internet, where 100,000 people voted for their favorite essay.
The contest was part of MTV's "Choose or Lose: 20 Million Loud" campaign, which aims to get 20 million voters (aged 18-30) to vote in November. "Choose or Lose" is a nonpartisan project.