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For Immediate Release 
April 5, 2001 
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky 
207-626-8400

2001 Poster & Essay Contest Winners Announced

Augusta--Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced the winning students of the Office of the Secretary of State’s 2001 Maine Constitution Poster and Essay Contest.  The contest is held in an effort to promote awareness of Maine history and the importance of democracy and voting among students in Grades K-12. Secretary Gwadosky’s office received over 800 posters and more than 100 essays from schools all over the state.

The winners in each of the categories are as follows:

Posters

Grades K-3 Maine Symbols   Emma Kammerer   Hall-Dale Elementary School
Grades 4-5 Maine History   Kirstie Lynne Grenier   J. H. Bean School

Essays

Grades 6-8 Maine Constitution  Katherine Sousa   Shapleigh Middle School
Grades 9-12 Voting and Democracy   Hannah Layton   Bangor Christian School

The winners of the contest receive a $100 savings bond and have been invited by Secretary Gwadosky to visit the Capital Complex and view the original Maine Constitution, held at the Maine State Archives, with the members of their class. The visits are scheduled as follows: 

    Bangor Christian School – March 29
    J. H. Bean School – May 10
    Hall-Dale Elementary School – TBA
    Shapleigh Middle School - TBA
“The response to this program has been wonderful this year.  It was very difficult to select winners from the many fine essays and creative posters,” stated Secretary Gwadosky.  

Invitations to participate were mailed to all Maine schools. Students could participate in one of four categories based upon grade level.  Students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 could draw a poster on the symbols of Maine (chickadee, pine tree, state seal, etc.).  Grades 4 and 5 were asked to draw a poster pertaining to Maine History.  Students in grades 6 to 8 could submit an essay on the Maine Constitution, while grades 9 to 12 were given the topic “the Importance of Voting and Democracy”.  “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 Secretary Gwadosky.

The winning posters and essays may be viewed on the Secretary of State’s Kids Page website - - http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/.