Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2005

BESIC students work up for Web site screen saver vote

May 5, 2005

Two Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center students are finalists in a state-wide contest called "Show Your Kansas Pride Screen Saver Contest" and votes are being cast now.

BESIC fourth graders Kaylee Hurt and Dayton Valentine were chosen as finalists in the contest from 425 entries state-wide. The contest is sponsored by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' office.

BESIC Fourth Grade teacher Gina Hill had her class enter as a project. Hill said everyone is thrilled that Hurt and Valentine's artwork was selected.

"It's very exciting," said Hill. "All the kids did a good job, but to have two selected out of the class is great."

The contest was open to all elementary students in the state in kindergarten through sixth grade. From the 425 entries, a panel of judges from the Governor's Office, Kansas Department of Education, Kansas Highway Patrol, Information Network of Kansas and accessKansas selected five finalists from each grade.

The public can now select the winners by logging onto the Web site at www.accesskansas.org, the state's official site. Voting began Monday and goes through May 13.

"What a neat opportunity for two of our students to receive statewide recognition through the Governor's office," said BESIC Principal Tom Mundinger. "I've been forwarding the Web site to all my family and friends encouraging them to go on-line and vote.

"Help us support Kaylee and Dayton by voting for image 3 or 5 in the fourth-grade division," said Mundinger.

Once the voting is over, the winner from each grade will have their artwork compiled into a downloadable screen saver, which will be available on the accessKansas portal. In June, Gov. Sebelius will award prizes to the winners and they and their families will be invited to spend the day in Topeka.

"Kansas kids have submitted some great ideas," said Gov. Sebelius. "I am pleased with all of the entries and appreciate these children and their parents and teachers who helped get the ideas to us."

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