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June 01, 2009

Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz

Honors 2009 Poster and Essay Contest Winners


Today, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz honored the winners of the 2009 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 200 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 Kids Page website at

The award recipients in each of the categories are as follows:

Grades K-2, Vermont State Symbol:

Individual Winner: Benjamin Carpenter, Home schooled, age 7, Poultney, “Butterfly in Red Clover”

Individual Honorable Mention: Riley Earle, Bridgewater Village School, Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s grade K, Bridgewater, “Vermont State Seal”

Class Winner: Theresa Jakubowski’s class, Clarendon Elementary School, grade 2, North Clarendon, “Monarch Butterflies”

Class Honorable Mention: Bradley Bender’s class, Rutland City Public School, grade 2, Rutland City, “Hermit Thrushes”

Grades 3-5, Vermont History:

Individual Winner: Emily Ballou, South Royalton School, Ms. Kurash’s grade 4, South Royalton, “Calvin Coolidge”

Individual Honorable Mention: Posy LaBombard, Waitsfield Elementary School, Mrs. Kingsbury’s grade 2/3, “Samuel de Champlain”

Class Winner: Georgeanne Baker’s class, Waitsfield Elementary School, grade 3, “Scenes from Vermont History”

Grades 6-8, Vermont Constitution Essay:

Individual Co-Winners:

Will Adkisson, Browns River Middle School, Mrs. Babbitt’s grade 8, “Athens vs. America”

Anna Riley-Sheppard, Lamoille Union Middle School, Mr. Gilbertson’s grade 8, “Discussing Vermont’s Constitution: Should It Be Easier To Amend?”

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: June 01, 2009 16:22:38