Maine Constitution Essay & Poster Contest
Our most popular student program, the Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest is designed to promote the history of Maine, the Maine Constitution and the importance of democracy and voting. This contest is open to Maine students at all grade levels. We received a total of 135 entries for the 2017 contest from students all over the state of Maine.
2018 contest entries are due on March 9.
Students at the kindergarten through 5th grade level participate in a poster contest:
- Students in grades K - 3 draw posters of official Maine symbols;
- Students in grades 4 & 5 draw posters with a Maine history theme.
Students at the junior high (middle school) and high school levels participate in an essay contest:
- Students in grades 6-8 write an essay on the Maine Constitution;
- Students in grades 9-12 write an essay on the importance of voting and democracy.
A panel of judges reviews the entries and selects a winning entry in each category. Each of the selected students and his or her class will be invited to be the Secretary of State's guest for a day in Augusta. These students will be able to view the Maine Constitution, a particular honor, since it is only removed from its special vault on very few occasions. The students may also visit the Maine State Museum and the State House.
Winners of the 2017 Contest
Winners of the 2016 Contest
Winners of the 2015 Contest
Previous Years Winners
Awards and Photos
First Place High School Division, Ella Raymond
9th Grade, Casco Bay High School
Essay Title: Authenticity, Equity and Connectedness In Wabanaki Communities
First Place Middle School Division, Saber Hanington
7th Grade, Windsor Elementary School
Essay Title: Farming of the Dawnsmen
2016 Native American First Place High School Division
Above photo from left to right Teacher, Kristen Tripp,
2016 Native American Second Place High School Division
Photo from left to right Teacher, Kristen Tripp, Sen. Lisa Keim
First Place Middle School Division
Second Place Middle School Division
2015 Native American Essay Winners from Windsor Elememtary School
From left to right is Awendela M. Dana, contest judge,
First place middle school division Riley Sullivan,Secretary of State Dunlap,
Tie for Second place middle school division
Avery Henningsen and Emma Hutchinson
Haleigh Chambers, 8th Grade
2014 Second Place Tie - Middle School
Ethan Brown, 8th Grade
2014 Auburn Middle School