27th Annual Button Contest Winners
Overall Winner – Forest Rodrigues
The Bristol 4th of July Committee’s Commemorative Button contest was held again this year for the 27th time. It was open to any Bristol student in grades K-12. The contest is divided into 3 categories based on school grade – K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The winners were selected in a blind judging and the winner of each category receives $50.00. From the 3 category winners an overall winner was selected and that selection is the image which will appear on the Commemorative Button for the 233rd Celebration.
The K-5 category was won by Sienna Ferreira, a 10 year old 4th grader at Colt-Andrews School. She is the daughter of Vanda and Agostinho Ferreira. In addition to being a budding artist Sienna is involved with modern dance, piano and gymnastics. Her explanation of her entry (although not part of her sketch) included the following: “The star represents all the states in our country. The butterfly represents our freedom. The fireworks and the balloon represent our commemoration for our Independence Day.”
The 9-12 category was won by Forest Rodriguez for the third consecutive year. Forest is a sophomore at LaSalle Academy and is the son of Suzanne and Edgardo Rodriguez. His twin brother, Hunter, had his artwork displayed on the 2011 and 2012 button. The winner’s additional interests include lacrosse, piano, chorus, playing saxophone in the concert band, the Bristol Community String Project and 4H. He also maintains honor student status in the classroom.
The overall winner and whose entry is displayed on the 2018 Commemorative Button is Forest Rodriguez. He won an additional $75.00 for his efforts.
Unfortunately there were not any entries from grades 6-8.