Governor Announces Winners of Poster and Essay Contest


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Mary-Sarah Kinner
Communications Director
CARSON CITY, NV - October 31, 2011

Saturday morning Governor Brian Sandoval announced the winners of the first “Governor’s Poster and Essay Contest.”

The contest, open to all Nevada school children in grades K thru 12, in district, charter, private or home schools, drew more than 300 entries statewide. To enter, students in grades K thru 3 created an 11” by 17” poster in any medium focused on “what the Constitution means to me.” Students in grades 4 and 5 wrote a handwritten or typed essay of 250 words or less on “what the Constitution means to me.” Students in grades 6 thru 8 wrote a typed, double-spaced essay of 500 to 750 words on “why is the Constitution important to our Republic.” Students in grades 9 thru 12 wrote a typed, double spaced essay of 750 – 1000 words on “why is the Constitution important to our Republic.”

“I was impressed with the entries from across our great state,” Governor Sandoval said. “Our students put time, effort and an immense amount of thought into their posters and essays and they should be commended.”

Four winners were present at the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, where they received their awards. They were: Rahul Bokka, a 2nd grader at Bordewich Bray Elementary School in Carson City, Megan Veil, a 3rd grader at Yerington Elementary School in Yerington, Sydney Hughs-Baird, a 5th grader at Roy Gomm Elementary School in Reno and Brandon Leary, a 4th grader at Jerry Whitehead Elementary School in Sparks.

The full list of winners includes:

K-3rd Grade Winners

  • 1st Place - Rahul Bokka - Bordewich Bray Elementary School, 2nd Grade - Carson City - *Rahul’s winning poster is attached. Other winning entries are available.
  • 2nd Place - Sydney E. Lin - Goolsby Elementary School, 3rd Grade - Las Vegas
  • 3rd Place - Connor Tervort - West Wendover Elementary School, 2nd Grade - West Wendover
  • 1st Honorable Mention - Megan Veil - Yerington Elementary School, 3rd Grade - Yerington
  • 2nd Honorable Mention - Mayumi Dimalanta - John W. Bonner Elementary School, 3rd Grade - Las Vegas

4th -5th Grade Winners

  • 1st Place - Jasmine Avila - Richard C. Priest Elementary School, 5th Grade - North Las Vegas
  • 2nd Place - Sydney Hughs-Baird - Roy Gomm Elementary School, 5th Grade - Reno
  • 3rd Place - Brandon Leary - Jerry Whitehead Elementary School, 4th Grade - Sparks
  • 1st Honorable Mention - Cameron Vance - Somerset Academy, 5th Grade - North Las Vegas
  • 2nd Honorable Mention - Alexiz Jenkins - Jo Mackey Academy, 5th Grade - North Las Vegas

Middle School Winners

  • 1st Place - Miles Cameron - Swope Middle School, 8th Grade - Reno
  • 2nd Place - Abigail Simon - Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas, 8th Grade - Las Vegas
  • 3rd Place - Lindsey McGuire - Ernest A. Becker, Sr. Middle School, 8th Grade - Las Vegas
  • 1st Honorable Mention - Dominique Festa - Ernest A. Becker, Sr. Middle School, 8th Grade - Las Vegas
  • 2nd Honorable Mention - Grey Koepp - Hyde Park Middle School, 6th Grade - Las Vegas

High School Winners

  • 1st Place - Elsie Powley - West Career and Technical School, 11th Grade - Las Vegas
  • 2nd Place - Staheli Wilkinson - McDermitt Combined School, 11th Grade - McDermitt
  • 3rd Place - Stefanie Pratt - Tonopah High School, 10th Grade - Tonopah
  • 1st Honorable Mention - Florentina Haroan - Southeast Career and Technical School, 12th Grade - Las Vegas
  • 2nd Honorable Mention - Haley Kougias - West Career and Technical School, 11th Grade - Las Vegas

First, second and third place winners will receive U.S. Savings Bonds.

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