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March 26 , 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chip Gavin
(207) 626-8406

Four students win Constitution contest and earn invitation from
Secretary Gwadosky to view original 1820 document

AUGUSTABy winning the Secretary of State's Constitution Poster and Essay Contest for 2003-2004, four Maine students have earned the opportunity for themselves and their classmates to tour the Capitol Complex and get a rare view of the state's original 1820 Constitution.

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky sponsors the annual contest to promote Maine history and the importance of democracy. More than 760 posters and 160 essays from schools all over the state were received by the Secretary of State.

“The response to this program is always remarkable,” stated Secretary Gwadosky. “We receive many creative posters and essays that show the students have thought seriously about the issues of voting and democracy. The judges were impressed again this year.”

Winning students receive a $100 savings bond and an invitation to tour the Capitol Complex with their classmates as guests of Secretary Gwadosky. The original Constitution of the State of Maine , which is not typically on public display, is removed from its vault at the Maine State Archives for the students.

The 2003-2004 winners in each of the contest's categories are:

POSTERS, Grades K-5 ESSAYS, Grades 6-12
Maine Symbols Category - Grades K-3 Maine Constitution Category - Grades 6-8
Kate Groh
Bowdoinham Community School
Emma Kane
Scarborough Middle School
Maine History Category - Grades 4-5 Voting and Democracy Category - Grades 9-12
Danielle Street
Greater Portland Christian School

Brandi Leathers
Bangor Christian School

Kate Groh is visiting Augusta on Friday, March 26, and Emma Kane will visit on Thursday, April 29. Danielle Street visited on Tuesday, March 23.

The winning posters and essays are at: www.maine.gov/sos/kids/fyigames/const_essay04.htm.