Students between 13 and 17 may submit an essay or poem to Lexington Sister Cities for local judging. The prompt varies from year to year: the topic for 2019 is "Global Citizens: Resilient Communities". Students are encouraged to draw on their own life experiences regarding peace and diplomacy and convey those through art, a language that crosses barriers. The essays submitted to Lexington Sister Cities are read and scored, with the top picks, up to 5 per classroom, sent on to the Sister Cities international competition. Sister Cities international chooses a winner for two categories, Essays & Poetry, each of which wins a $1000 dollar prize.
"Great Experience" was a top 5 finalist in essays.
"Citizen diplomacy vs. State diplomacy" was in the top 5 best essays.
"The Rainbow of our World" finished top 5 in poetry.