National Winner

Hartselle student wins second place in national poster contest

Lauren Estes-Velez

Hartselle Enquirer

A Hartselle Intermediate School student was given the second place award in a national poster contest after she won first place in Hartselle, at the district and at the state level competition earlier this year.

In late January, then fifth grade student Kayleen Coggin won first prize in her school’s and District competition in the Sons of the American Revolution Poster Contest.

After being recognized as the school’s winner, in February her poster was sent to Huntsville to be on display and be judged as a part of the state competition.

On Thur., Aug. 17, members of the local Sons of the American Revolution group and VFW came to the Intermediate School and presented a program, which concluded with the surprise unveiling of Coggin’s national recognition.

“When I was told they were coming I thought it might have to do with nationals, but I thought maybe they would just congratulate me for winning state,” Coggin said. “I didn’t know I would get second at nationals. I’m just really excited.”

Coggin was presented with a $150 check that she said she would save for her college fund.

“I’m really glad I did the poster contest and was able to win; I think everyone should do it and work hard on it.”

Coggin was supported at the event by her parents, Asa and Shannon Coggin, grandmother Sallye Coggin and grandfather Matt Stiles.  

Fifth grade students were reminded during the program that they would be able to participate in the poster contest again.

The Intermediate School had six fifth graders earn honorable mention and one fifth grader place during the initial contest including: Katee Anna Aker, Lennon Ashby, Kennedy Cataline, Stella Gillette, Marilyn Snyder, Emilee VanVleet and Kayleen Coggin won first prize.

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