Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn sponsored the 5th Annual Art Contest this year. More than 500 students participated and the finalists were honored this week in Dover.

Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn sponsored the 5th Annual Art Contest this year, which was open to students of all grade levels, Pre-K through 12th grade. Participants were asked to rev up their creative juices and think about state pride to create a postcard that they would send to a friend, which would encourage a visit to Delaware.

This year, more than 500 entries were received and narrowed down to thirty pieces across three categories: Elementary School (Pre-K through 4), Middle School (grades 5-8) and High School (grades 9-12). Each category was allotted 10 award spaces, including three first, second and third place winners and one honorable mention slot.

Middletown High School students swept the high school category winning six of the 10 award spaces. Alexis Taylor and Alexa Canty won first place; Ryan Cromer won second place; Allison Foss, Tanner Martin and Maria Machulski won third place.

The winners will have their artwork displayed in the Lt. Governor's offices in both Wilmington and Dover for an entire year. They and their families were also treated to an art reception at Legislative Hall on Monday, where their artwork was put on display by the Department of State's Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. Lt. Gov. Mark Denn also made remarks, handed out awards and posed for pictures with the artists and their families.