May 26, 2010
Montpelier, Vt. - Recently, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz honored 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.
In addition to being granted an up-close look at this historic document, the contest winners and their classes were Secretary Markowitz’s guests on a tour of the Vermont State House and the Vermont Historical Society Museum. During an award ceremony, the winning students were presented with a certificate and a $100 prize donated to each student's classroom to spend on civics education materials.
"It was very difficult to select winners from the many fine essays and creative posters we received," stated Secretary Markowitz. "This program is a great way to get younger students thinking about their state and its history, while encouraging older students to examine the nature of self governance and its importance in a free society," said Markowitz.
The Vermont Secretary of State’s Poster and Essay Contest is held as 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 winning posters and essays may be viewed on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sec.state.vt.us
The award recipients in each of the categories are as follows:
Grades K-2 Poster Contest on Official Vermont Symbols
Reading Elementary School, Lisa Kaija’s art class
Maddy Trimpi, The Pomfret School
Anastasia Page, Shrewsbury Mountain School
Lily Welch, Thetford Elementary School
Grades 3-5 Poster Contest on a Vermont History Theme
Cornwall Elementary School, Janne Giles 4th Grade
Sylvia Sage Holland, Orchard Valley Waldorf School
Hannah Faith Davis, Thetford Elementary
Chris Ward, Waitsfield Elementary
Grades 6-8 Essay Contest on the Vermont Constitution
Alex Crompton, Sherburne Elementary
Grades 9-12 Essay Contest on the Vermont Constitution
Paige Malone, Burr and Burton Academy
Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: May 26, 2010 08:22:47