When Genesee County Board of Elections organizers announced the I Voted sticker contest earlier this year, they hoped for not only more awareness about the election process but also some cool artwork submissions from area students.
The results did not disappoint. This inaugural event reaped several sticker scenarios, with the Grand Prize going to Elijah Webster of Pavilion Central School for a Portrait of Women's Suffrage Leaders Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
First Place went to Olivia Gillard of Batavia Middle School for her rendition of Eagle over Bars.
Both the grand and first prize artworks will be visible on I Voted stickers to be handed out to voters during this year's upcoming elections, and the other winning designs will be used for voter outreach and on social media campaigns.
"It is wonderful to involve our Genesee County students in our electoral process,” Democratic Election Commissioner Lorie Longhany said in a press release Friday. “It will be exciting to see the student’s graphic designs in print
and used in our outreach and distributed to voters during early voting and on election day. As an artist and part-time art instructor, I was so pleased with all the designs."
Remaining student recipients are:
- Second Place: Logan Almekinder of Pavilion Central School - City Skyline
- Third Place: Kelly Parsons, Byron-Bergen Central School - I Voted Teddy Bear
- Honorable Mention: Summer Snyder, Alexander Central School - I Voted Snail on Stars and Bars
- Honorable Mention: Piper Hargrave, Alexander Central School - I Voted Epic on Stars and Bars
- Honorable Mention: Maddy McKenzie, Pavilion Central School - I Voted Abstract
The I Voted committee congratulates the winners who were chosen and for all artists who submitted "so many incredible designs."