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The winners of the Bicentennial Celebration Poster Contest were chosen Feb. 5. Fredericktown High School Freshman Ella Sikes was chosen as the grand prize winner and will enjoy a pizza party Feb. 14 in her BASE (after school) class. 

Judges Tessa Rehkop, representing Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Margaret Miller, representing the Madison County Historical Society and Diane Durham, representing Madison County Retired School Personnel had a difficult time choosing the winners from all the submissions.

A first and second place winner was chosen from Fredericktown Intermediate School, Kelly A. Burlison Middle School, Fredericktown High School and Marquand-Zion Schools. Of the four first place winners Sikes was chosen as the overall winner.

The Fredericktown Intermediate School winners are first place Elijah Killian and second place Lyndee Hinkle. Kelly A. Burlison Middle School winners are first place Lucy Pham and second place Makayla Bowman. Fredericktown High School winners are first place Ella Sikes and second place Madison Bowman. Marquand-Zion winners are first place Amalia Lichtenegger and second place Travis Westmoreland.

The judges were so impressed with the entries that they also chose Cheyenne Kopplin as an honorable mention from all the entries.

The winners will be awarded $50 for first place, $25 for second and the honorable mention will receive $10.

The contest challenged students to celebrate 200 years of Madison County by capturing the history on a poster board using any materials. With the creativity left to the students posters were seen with burnt edges, newspaper, old photos, drawings of the courthouse, informative material and much more.

Sikes winning entry utilized sound, making her entry interactive as well as creative. Her design featured a birthday card for Madison County which when opened featured pop out images of historic buildings and played the song "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang. 

The Bicentennial Celebration Poster Contest was sponsored by Madison County Retired School Personnel and Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

Sikes winning design along with all of the other winners will be on display throughout February at the Fredericktown branch of the Ozark Regional Library. 

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at


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