Essay&Poster Content Winners Announced

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For Immediate Release 
June 20, 2005
Contact: Doug Dunbar

Winners of Maine's Constitution Essay and Poster Contest Announced

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced on Monday that the winners of the Maine's Constitution Essay and Poster Contest for 2004-2005 are from schools in Augusta, Bangor, Waterboro and Westbrook. 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 750 posters and 75 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 terrific job. It's evident that a good deal of thought was given to 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 for 2004-2005 can be seen at:

POSTERS, Grades K-5

ESSAYS, Grades 6-12


Maine Symbols Category, Grades K-3

Maine Constitution Category, Grades 6-8

Lea Hopkins, Grade 2
Prides Corner School, Westbrook
Maine Symbols”

TIE: Kaila Bucklin, Grade 8
Massabesic Jr High School, Waterboro
“You are a Special One!”

Colby Davis, Grade 8
Massabesic Jr High School, Waterboro
“The Maine Plan”


Maine History Category, Grades 4-5

Voting and Democracy Category, Grades 9-12

Mitchell Wilson, Grade 5
All Saints Catholic School, Bangor
“The History of Lumbering in Maine

Nadia Liyanage-Don, Grade 9
Cony High School , Augusta “The Importance of Voting and Democracy”

Secretary Dunlap encourages educators in grades K-12 to take part in Maine's Constitution Essay and Poster Contest during the 2005-2006 academic year. Contest guidelines are available at or by calling (207) 626-8400.