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Bloomington Human Rights Commission Announces Contest Winners
Updated May 5, 2013 1:11 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission (BHRC) will host a public awards ceremony for its essay and art contest at 4:30 p.m. on March 20, in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Mayor Mark Kruzan will present prizes to the winners.

Contestants competed at either a younger or older elementary level and in two categories, essay and visual art.

The first-place winner in the younger-level essay category is Templeton Elementary School fourth grader Benjamin LoPilato. The second-place winner is Fairview Elementary School third grader Avery Lulu Njau and the third-place winner is Childs Elementary School second grader Caleb Okulski. First place in the younger-level art category will go to Mr. Livingston's second grade class at Fairview. The second-place winner is Childs third grader Simon Moore, and the third-place winner is Templeton fourth grader Mora Maclaughlin.

The first-place winner in the older-level essay category is Bloomington Project School fifth grader Joelle Jackson. The second-place winner is Templeton sixth grader Ivy Richardson, and the third-place winner is Templeton sixth grader Alexander Eugene Schalk. The first-place winners in the older-level art category are Lakeview Elementary School sixth grader Becca Smith, fifth graders Peter Storm and Katrine Bruner, and fourth grader Eliza Henne. The second-place winners are Lakeview sixth graders Ashlee Kerr and Casey Fleetwood, and the third-place winner is Lakeview sixth grader Noah Moore.

The theme for the 22nd essay and art contest was "What Rights Should Every Human Being Have?" Entries were judged by commission members Alexa Lopez, Teri Guhl, Michael Molenda and Byron Bangert. Prizes were donated in part by Crider & Crider, Inc., Cassady Electrical Contractors, Mike Carmin, Avers Pizza and the Scholars Inn Bakehouse.

A special congratulations to all of the student participants and winners.

For more information call the BHRC at 349.3429 or email the commission at

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