Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday launched his annual statewide poster and essay contest for school children. This year’s theme focuses on Nevada’s sesquicentennial.
The contest has four categories, depending on grade level.
Students in kindergarten through third grade should create an 11-by-17-inch poster in any medium, illustrating a way Nevada has affected the history of the United States since becoming a state in 1864.
Students in grades 4 and 5 should write a handwritten or typed essay of 250 words or fewer on what they believe is the most significant thing Nevada has done since becoming a state.
Students in grades 6-8 should write a typed, double-spaced essay of 500 to 750 words on how, in their opinion, adding Nevada as a state has changed the nation.
Students in grades 9-12 should write a typed, double-spaced essay of 750 to 1,000 words responding to the following question: Would you have granted Nevada statehood, given the circumstances?
All entries must include the child’s name, address, grade, home phone number and school. Entries should be mailed to Governor’s Poster and Essay Contest, P.O. Box 22656, Carson City, NV 89721.
Entries must be postmarked no later than Oct. 9.
Awards for each grade group are: first place, $100 gift card; second place, $50 gift card; and third place, $25 gift card. Prizes were made possible through private funding.