Several seventh graders in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 have won savings bonds in the local League of Women Voters constitution contest.

To tie into this year’s election, the contest asked the students which constitutional right they would make the focus of their campaign if they were running for president.

Essays, poems, scripts, collage, drawings, paintings sculpture, songs, dance, computer-based presentations, animation, stop-action video and film submissions were among the 200 entries representing the efforts of 500 students.

Volunteers organized by the league judged the entries and selected semi-finalists with a panel of specialists in each genre selecting the final winners.

Mayor Lorraine Morton commended all students during the award ceremony at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center on Saturday.

The saving bond prizes — $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third — were funded by First Bank and Trust of Evanston.

Written word winners include Ryan Gaffkin and David Spencer, 1st place, and Eliza Abendroth, 2nd place, all of Haven Middle School, and Jack Kremin, 3rd place, of Nichols Middle School.

Visual arts winners, all from Nichols Middle school, include Madelaine Wood and Melinda King, 1st Place, Carola Sonder and Asha Sawhney, 2nd place, and Gabrielle Thiam, 3rd place.

Performing arts winner include Max Dong, Matt Hershenson and Jackson Thoren, 1st place, and Aaron Stone and Quinn Cutrofello, 3rd place, all of Rhodes Magnet School, and 2nd place winners James Long and Sam Baum of Haven Middle School.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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