Nickerson Elementary School third grader Isaak Cunningham took first place in a statewide poster contest, and Tuesday, May 10, he was honored at the capitol.

Cunningham, a student in Karen Moisa’s class at the Swanville school, won the K-3 poster contest that was sponsored by the Secretary of State’s office.

The poster contest was open to all students in the state and included divisions for students in grades K-5. For grades K-3, the division that Cunningham won, Maine state symbols were the focus.

For fourth and fifth graders, the topic was Maine history. Fourth grader Carolyn Frank, a home schooled student from East Dixfield, won first place for her poster depicting a timeline of events in Maine History.

Tuesday, May 10, Secretary of State Charles E. Summers Jr. presented Cunningham with an award for his accomplishment. Cunningham, his fellow third graders and Nicholas Hills’ fourth grade class were also able to view the Maine state constitution and learn about Maine history in the state museum’s archives during their visit to the capitol.

In a press release announcing the 2011 winners, Summers expressed his enthusiasm for the contest:

“I think this is an excellent way for students to creatively showcase their knowledge of topics important to our state and nation,” said Summers. “I was very impressed with the quality of the submissions from participating schools from all over the state.”