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June 14, 2006
Contact: Doug Dunbar

Secretary of State Dunlap Announces Winners of
Maine's Constitution Essay and Poster Contest

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced on Wednesday that the winners of the Maine’s Constitution Essay and Poster Contest for 2005-2006 are from schools in Bangor, Madison and Hallowell.  Winning students earned the opportunity for their class to tour the Capitol Complex and get a rare view of the state's original 1820 Constitution at the Maine State Archives in Augusta.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap sponsors the annual contest to promote Maine history and to emphasize the importance of democracy.  Approximately 640 posters and more than 50 essays from schools throughout the state were submitted for consideration.

“The Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest encourages students to think about our state’s rich history and to reflect on the significance of our democracy,” Secretary Dunlap commented. “Participating students did a fantastic job.  A great deal of thought and effort was put into the chosen topics.  Everyone who submitted an entry deserves recognition and praise.”

In addition to visiting Augusta, touring state facilities and viewing Maine’s rarely seen original State Constitution, winning students also received a $100 savings bond.  The selected essays and posters can be found at  Information about the winning students is listed below.

Secretary Dunlap encouraged educators in grades K-12 to take part in Maine’s Constitution Essay and Poster Contest during the 2006-2007 academic year.  Contest guidelines are available at or by calling (207) 626-8400.  

Poster on Maine Symbols   
Grade K-3
Wesley Lapointe - Grade 3
Hall-Dale Elementary
Teacher: Cindy McLean

Poster on Maine History   
Grade 4-5
Joe Hayden - Grade 5
All Saints Catholic School
Teacher: Karen Young


Direct link to view posters:

Essay on the Maine Constitution
Grade 6-8
Anna Carmack - Grade 8
All Saints Catholic School
Teacher: Melanie Walden

Essay on the Importance of Voting and Democracy
Grade 9-12
Kassandre Moulton - Grade 11
Madison Area Memorial High School
Teacher: Cindy Worthen

Direct link to read essays: