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Mayberry 8th grader designs winning sticker for “I Voted” contest

Mayberry 8th grader designs winning sticker for “I Voted” contest

Yamilet SalazarYamilet Salazar, an eighth-grade student from Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Magnet Middle School, has created the winning design for Sedgwick County’s first “I Voted” sticker contest.

Her design features the American flag, the State of Kansas seal and official flower, the sunflower, with the words, “I Voted,” across the top of the colored pencil drawing.

The Sedgwick County Election Office will now use the artwork as its official “I Voted” sticker, given to thousands of voters at polling sites and with advance ballots during the remainder of the 2024 electoral season.

“I love how Yamilet’s patriotic design captures the spirit of our community, our country and our democracy,” said Laura Rainwater, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner. “I can’t wait to see voters wear this new sticker proudly during the Aug. 5 primary election!”

A panel of judges picked the winning artwork from 127 entries and awarded second and third place designs.

Lily Cardenas, an 11th grade student at North High School, and Madison Johnson, a sixth grader from Clearwater Intermediate Middle School, tied for second place. Evelin Barranco, an eighth-grade student from Pleasant Valley Middle School, took third place.

The winning students and their designs were recognized at the April 17 Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners meeting.

“I hope the new voting sticker encourages more students to learn about our democratic process and get involved,” said Rainwater. “Even teens who are not yet old enough to vote are eligible to be election workers, starting at the age of 16, and can play a vital role at the polls.”

This was the first year for Sedgwick County’s “I Voted” sticker contest, open to local students in grades 6-12. The artwork submitted had to be original, non-partisan and incorporate the theme of voting and elections in Sedgwick County, the State of Kansas or the United States.