Students recognized for citizenship and Maine history

Students from all over the state were recognized earlier this month for participating in the Maine Secretary of State’s Eighth Grade Citizenship Award and the Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest.

D'Amico Winning Poster
Winning poster by fourth grader Rebecca D’Amico of Belgrade Central School depicting Maine’s shipbuilding history. (Courtesy Photo)

The Eighth Grade Citizenship Award is a yearly, multi-faceted contest designed to honor Maine students for their civic awareness, scholastic achievements, and community service. This award was designed in hopes to inspire students to become active citizens.

To be nominated for this award, students must be an active volunteer, be involved in character-building organizations, have a good scholastic record, participate in school activities, have faithful school attendance, and have good leadership qualities.

Noel Winning Poster
A winning poster from kindergarten student Jade Noel of Jameson Elementary School in Old Orchard Beach. (Courtesy photo)

The Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest is designed to promote the history of Maine and the importance of democracy and voting. It is broken into four age categories: K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and high school.

Winners of this year’s Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest and their classmates are invited to view the State’s original 1820 Constitution at the Maine State Archives. This is a special honor, as the Constitution is not regularly removed from the storage vault for viewing.

To learn more about the Maine Essay and Poster Contest, click here. To learn more about the Eighth Grade Citizenship Award, click here.