28th Annual Button Contest
The Bristol 4th of July Committee’s Commemorative Button contest was held again this year for the 28th time. It was open to any Bristol student in grades K-12 and 149 accepted the challenge. 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 234th Celebration.
The K-5 category was won by Miya Decastro, an 11 year old 5th grader at Colt-Andrews School. She is the daughter of Susana Vicente and Leonardo Decastro. In addition to being a budding artist Miya is involved in dance, choir and gymnastics.
The 6-8 category was won by Evan Daniel, a 14 year old 8th grader at Kickemuit Middle School. He is the son of Cherie and Eric Daniel. He has competed in cross-country and baseball, but his true love is as a Science Olympian and a member of the robotics team having participated, and placed well, in events at the state level, Harvard University and Washington, DC. Evan is not a newcomer to the Button contest having won the K-5 category in 2015.
The 9-12 category was won by Hunter Rodriguez . Hunter is a junior honor student at LaSalle Academy and is the son of Suzanne and Edgardo Rodriguez. Hunter was the overall winner in 2011 and 2012. His twin brother, Forest, had his artwork displayed on the 2016, 2017 and 2018 buttons. The winner’s additional interests include playing the flute in the concert band, matching wits with opponents as a member of the debate team, enjoying 4-H activities at Mt. Hope Farm and participating in his church’s mission in Jamaica.
The overall winner and whose entry is displayed on the 2019 Commemorative Button is Hunter Rodriguez. He won an additional $75.00 for his efforts.
Chairman – Dudley Hallagan
For all inquires regarding the Souvenirs and the Button Contest, please contact the Souvenir Chairman.
The winner of each category will receive $50.00. The one overall winner will be chosen from the three category winners and will receive an additional $75.00. All category winners will receive an invitation to be in the Fourth of July parade. The prize money has been donated by 4th of July Committee member who wished to remain anonymous.