Delaware students gathered Dec. 10 at the Delaware Public Archives to celebrate the winners of the 15th annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition.

Delaware students gathered Dec. 10 at the Delaware Public Archives to celebrate the winners of the 15th annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition and to be recognized for their knowledge of the state’s role in crafting the U.S. Constitution.

The winners of the 2016 Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition are:

— George Read Award: Wilmington Friends School.

— Gunning Bedford Jr. Award: Bunker Hill Elementary School of the Appoquinimink School District and Gallaher Elementary School of the Christina School District.

— John Dickinson Award: North Dover Elementary School of the Capital School District and Lake Forest Central Elementary School – Project No. 2 of the Lake Forest School District.

— Richard Bassett Award: North Laurel Elementary School – two projects.

— Jacob Broom Award: Learning Express Academy, Newark.

Students were given two months to prepare a four-panel display on Delaware’s role in the creation and ratification of the Constitution, integrating elements such as artwork, poetry, songs and cartoons. Representatives from the Department of State judged 23 projects focusing on three main areas: historical accuracy, spelling and creativity.

Each year, awards are given to schools with the most creative and historically accurate projects. Named in honor of Delaware’s five signers of the U. S. Constitution, the awards recognize schools in each county plus the city of Wilmington and a private school. Honorable mention awards were given to 13 schools for their participation. Twenty-one schools participated in the competition.

The Delaware Division of the Arts and the Newark Arts Alliance also evaluated the projects and presented Artistic Merit Awards to Bunker Hill Elementary School, Epworth Christian School, Gallaher Elementary School, Learning Express Academy and North Dover Elementary School. These awards recognized students’ use of visual art as well as design and composition.

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