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Yoopers among finalists in Michigan’s first-ever I Voted sticker contest

By ALEXANDRIA

BOURNONVILLE

Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE — Several Upper Peninsula students and residents are finalists in Michigan’s inaugural I Voted sticker design contest.

Until Wednesday, July 31, Michigan residents can vote online to help choose the final designs for the state’s official 2024 presidential election “I Voted” sticker.

Out of more than 480 submissions, 25 semifinalists from various age groups were chosen by Michigan Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force members, who came up with the idea to host the sticker contest.

Three winning designs will be selected from each category: elementary/middle school (kindergarten through grade 8), high school (grades 9-12) and general entry (open to Michigan residents of all ages).

The winning designs will be available for local clerks to order for the November election.

These are the U.P. finalists from the elementary/middle school category:

≤ Avery Kahkonen – Arvon Township School, L’Anse

≤ Araminta Widby – Arvon Township School, Skanee

U.P. finalists from the high school category:

≤ Graci Gartland – Gladstone High School, Gladstone

≤ Sage Tuskan – Gladstone High School, Gladstone

≤ Adie Tryan – Gladstone High School, Gladstone

≤ Keara Aderman – Gladstone High School, Gladstone

≤ Cameron LaVigne – Gladstone High School, Gladstone

U.P. finalists from the general entry category:

≤ Anastasia Greer – Marquette

Additionally, a Lower Peninsula resident, Lorelei Mortimer, attending Northern Michigan University, is a finalist.

Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. Voters can select their three favorite stickers in each category. Winners will be announced in August and will receive recognition from Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

To vote, go online to Michigan.gov/sos, then select “2024 ‘I voted’ sticker contest” and then select “Vote on sticker submissions” or go to michigan.gov/sos/elections/voting/2024-i-voted-sticker-contest.

Alexandria Bournonville can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 506. Her email address is abournonville@miningjournal.net.

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