Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced the names of the winners of the 2019 Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest.
The annual contest allows Maine students from grades K through 12 to participate, with older students submitting essays regarding the Maine Constitution, voting and democracy; and younger students creating posters reflecting Maine history or symbols.
“The essay and poster contest is a great opportunity for students to reflect on the wide spectrum of Maine’s identity, from our traditional industries to the iconic animals that roam our woods and waters,” said Secretary of State Dunlap. “We congratulate the winners and hope that all of the students gained a deeper appreciation for their state through their participation.”
The essay contest theme for grades 9-12 is The Importance of Voting and Democracy. Brent Bellanceau, a 10th-grade student in Laura Fralichs class at Arthur R. Gould School in South Portland, took first place in this category for his essay entitled The Importance of Prisoners Votes https://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/student-programs/2019essay.html#BrentB .
To learn more about the program and view winning entries from this year’s contest and past contests, visit the Secretary of States website https://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/student-programs/index.htm .