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On Sept. 21 the U.S. Department of Education launched the video contest “I Am What I Learn,” challenging students across America to imagine how an education can help them realize their dreams.

For the chance to win $1000, submit a video answering the question, “Why is your education important to fulfilling your dreams?”  Let your voice be heard in our nation’s capitol, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll help inspire others to believe in the power of education.

Deadline for submissions is November 2nd and winners will be announced in December. For more information about rules and submission guidelines visit the I Am What I Learn website.

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After months of watching presidential debates, days reading through all the propositions, and hours standing in long lines at the polls, you’ve finally let your voice be heard and have the “I Voted” sticker to show for it. But that’s not all you have…in true American spirit, your “I Voted” sticker gets you more than just the satisfaction of knowing you participated in the political process.  So what else is your vote worth?

So wear it proudly, and cash in on the rewards of voting.  And if you haven’t gone to the polls yet, hurry before they run out of donuts.

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Typically, vice presidential debates don’t have as much impact on an election, but this election is anything but typical and tonight’s debate between Governor Palin and Senator Biden is sure to prove entertaining, if not informative.  Will Biden be able to rein in his sometimes impassioned remarks and will Palin be able to hold her own when it comes to economics and foreign policy?  The talk will tell when tonight’s debate kicks off at 9pm EST on all major networks.  Will you be watching?

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And you thought you didn’t have plans for tonight…

Well, you don’t want to miss the first presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama tonight at 6pm PST/9pm EST on CNN.  There’s a lot to discuss from the economy, education, health care, global warming, and finally we’ll get to see the two candidates go head to head.  Talk about an exciting date night!

And if you don’t have CNN, you can watch the debates live on a new website powered by MySpace called mydebates.org. You’ll be able to submit questions to the candidates, choose your stance on the issues, and share your views with your friends! And if you can’t catch the debate live, you can watch it on this site afterwards, too!

What issues are most important to you in the upcoming election?

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Even if you aren’t old enough to vote, you can make it your  mission to encourage your friends who are old enough to register! And Rock the Vote is making it easy to register, stay informed, and even get some awesome perks just for getting your friends to participate in the political process. Here’s what you need to know:

Register to Vote!–It’s easy to register online at Rock the Vote, and if you register three friends you’ll get a free copy of Sheryl Crow’s new album, Detours. www.rockthevote.com/music/featured-artist/sheryl-crow.html

Rock the Trail!–Stay up to speed on youth issues and perspectives with Rock the Trail’s reporters delivering insightful and compelling blogs, articles and videos from the communities they live in, reporting on young people’s top issues such as jobs, the economy and college affordability. www.rockthevote.com/rockthetrail/

Get Your School to Rock!–Sign your school up to compete for the most voter registrations and a chance to bring Death Cab for Cutie to your school. For more information, check out www.myspace.com/ultimatecollegebowl

Have you registered to vote yet?  What issues matter to you most?

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Written by and for teens, Electionista is the newest blog on Seventeen and promises to keep tabs on all the latest developments in the presidential race. Be the first to know Barack Obama’s VP, check out First Lady Fashion, and use Electionista to understand the candidates, the issues, and everything else election day-related!

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