Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Bobbie Gross recognized four students for their creative and civic contributions to the first-ever “I Voted” Sticker Design Contest in Mesa County. The students received special plaques and their designs will be featured on the stickers for the June Primary and the Presidential General Election.
A contest to promote civic engagement
The “I Voted” Sticker Design Contest was launched by Mesa County Elections in October 2023 to encourage students to learn about the voting process and express their artistic talents. The contest was open to all students from kindergarten to 12th grade in Mesa County. The students were asked to create original designs that reflect the theme of voting and Mesa County’s unique beauty.
The contest received over 200 entries from 25 schools. A panel of judges from Mesa County Elections, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, and the Board of County Commissioners selected the four winners based on creativity, originality, and relevance to the theme.
The winners and their designs
The four winners of the contest are:
- Whitley from Dual Immersion Academy, 4th grade
- Kinsley from Pomona Elementary, 4th grade
- Layla from Redlands Middle School, 7th grade
- Berklie from Redlands Middle School, 8th grade
Their designs feature various elements of Mesa County, such as the Colorado River, the Bookcliffs, the Grand Mesa, and the Colorado flag. They also include messages of encouragement and appreciation for voters, such as “Thank you for voting”, “Your vote matters”, and “Make your voice heard”.
The winners were honored at the Feb. 6 administrative public hearing, where they received special plaques from Clerk and Recorder Bobbie Gross. They also had the opportunity to see their designs printed on the stickers that will be distributed to voters in the upcoming elections.
A success for the community
Clerk and Recorder Bobbie Gross expressed her gratitude and pride for the students who participated in the contest. She said that the contest was a success for the community, as it showcased the students’ creativity and civic engagement.
“I am beyond excited about the entries we received, and I love the community engagement,” Gross said. “I want to thank the schools, the teachers, the parents, and most importantly, the students who participated.”
Gross also said that she hopes that the contest will inspire more people to vote and to appreciate the importance of democracy.
“We can’t wait to see the impressive designs showcasing Mesa County’s unique beauty displayed on the ‘I Voted’ stickers for the upcoming June Primary and the Presidential General Election,” Gross said. “Congratulations to the talented winners!”