Three Kentucky Students, of three age groups, won the 2019 Public Service Recognition Week Poster Contest. Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens and Education Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis awarded first, second and third place winners in a ceremony held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Thursday.
"Public service isn't just a job, it's a true calling, and for that we're grateful. To see the work and dedication of civil servants through the eyes of a child is a gift for all," Secretary Stephens said. "We are excited to honor our employees and award this talented group of students in the Commonwealth."
Mahayla Mounce of Somerset's Meece Middle School won the 10-13 years old age group.
The other first place winners were Maya Muñoz (6-9 years old age group) of Southwest Calloway Elementary School in Murray, and Brooklyn McAlister (14-18 years old age group) of West Jessamine Middle School in Nicholasville.
Six other students from across the state took home the second and third place prizes in their respective age groups for art submissions.
"We thank the teachers, parents and family members who passionately support and encourage these students in their exploration of art," Commissioner Lewis said. "I'm proud to say we had the opportunity to have more than 1,200 students representing 100 schools enter. Congratulations to our winners!"
First place winners were awarded $50.00 and a metal printing of their artwork. Second and third place winners were awarded a wooden plaque of their art and $25.00 (second place) or $10.00 (third place).