MHS Student Madeline Moore Recognized With John R. Cyr Rural Voices Award

BELOIT, KS — Marysville High School student Madeline Moore is one of two high school seniors in North Central Kansas to be recognized with the John R. Cyr Rural Voices Award for submitting a top entry in the 2014-2015 Rural Voices Youth Contest sponsored by the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), Beloit, Kansas. Moore was awarded first place and Aaron England, a senior at Abilene High School, was awarded second place. Both students participated in the written category of the contest and will receive a cash award of $850 and publication on the site, which is a NCRPC affiliate.

The awards are named in honor of John Cyr who served for 22 years as the NCRPC Executive Director. The NCRPC has offered the contest annually since 2006. High school seniors in the 12-county NCRPC service area — including the counties of Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, and Washington — were eligible to participate by submitting an original essay or video reflective of the contest theme. This year’s theme was “Rural Kansas…Opportunity.”

To view the top entries or to learn more about the Rural Voices Youth Contest, visit and click on the “RuralVoices” link. The NCRPC is a community development and planning organization that has served North Central Kansas for more than 40 years. For more information about the organization, visit