Swanville, Bangor students among Maine Constitution poster, essay contest winners

Posted May 11, 2011, at 9:32 p.m.
Last modified July 07, 2011, at 5:58 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Secretary of State Charles E. Summers Jr. has announced the winners of the 2011 Maine Constitution Poster and Essay Contest.

“I think this is an excellent way for students to creatively showcase their knowledge of topics important to our state and nation,” Summers said in a prepared statement. “I was very impressed with the quality of the submissions from participating schools from all over the state.”

The poster contest, which was open to students from Kindergarten to Grade 5, was broken into two age categories, with grades K-3 asked to focus on Maine state symbols. Third grader Isaak Cunningham from Kermit Nickerson School in Swanville took top honors in that group for his poster displaying several symbols, including a lighthouse, Mount Katahdin, a pine cone and a moose. In the grades 4 and 5 Maine history category, fourth grader Carolyn Frank, a home-schooled student from East Dixfield, won first place for her poster depicting a timeline of events in Maine History.

The theme for the grades 6 through 8 essay contest was the Maine Constitution. Seventh grader Gabriel Karam of William S. Cohen School in Bangor placed first in this category with his essay titled “A Solid Foundation Beneath the Maine State Constitution.” Entrants in the grades 9 through 12 category based their essays on the importance of voting and Democracy. Brett Davisson, a tenth grader from Wells High School, won for his essay, “America:  A Limitless Land of Freedom, Opportunity, and Patriotism.”

Winning students and their class are invited to view the state’s original 1820 Constitution at the Maine State Archives in Augusta.

The winning entries can be viewed at: www.maine.gov/sos/kids/student-programs/const_essay.htm.

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