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May 21, 2010

Students to be Treated to Rare Viewing of Vermont’s Constitution

Montpelier, Vt. - Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will honor the winners of the 2010 Vermont Secretary of State’s Poster and Essay Contest by treating them to a rare viewing of the original Vermont Constitution on Monday, May 24, at the Secretary of State’s Office in the Redstone Building, 26 Terrace Street, in Montpelier beginning at 10:15 a.m.

In addition to being granted an up-close look at this historic document, the contest winners and their classes will tour the Vermont State House and the Vermont Historical Society Museum. At 12:15 p.m., in an award ceremony in the State House cafeteria, Secretary Markowitz will present the winners with a certificate and a $100 prize donated to each student's classroom to spend on civics education.

The Vermont Secretary of State’s Poster and Essay Contest is an effort to promote awareness of Vermont history, the Vermont Constitution, and the importance of democracy among students in Grades K-12. Over 300 Vermont students participated in the contest by submitting posters or essays.

A selection of the winning posters and essays may be viewed on the Secretary of State’s website at

This year’s honorees are:

Grades K-2 Poster Contest on Official Vermont Symbols

Class Winner: Reading Elementary School, Lisa Kaija’s Art Class

Individual Winner: Maddy Trimpi, The Pomfret School

Honorable Mention: Anastasia Page, Shrewsbury Mountain School

Lily Welch, Thetford Elementary School

Grades 3-5 Poster Contest on a Vermont History Theme

Class Winner: Cornwall Elementary School, Janne Giles 4th Grade

Individual Winner: Sylvia Sage Holland, Orchard Valley Waldorf School

Honorable Mention: Hannah Faith Davis, Thetford Elementary

Chris Ward, Waitsfield Elementary

Grades 6-8 Essay Contest on the Vermont Constitution

Individual Winner: Alex Crompton, Sherburne Elementary

Grades 9-12 Essay Contest on the Vermont Constitution

Individual Winner: Paige Malone, Burr and Burton Academy

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: May 21, 2010 10:08:48