What started as a mere Astronomy Day poster contest turned out to be a huge event for Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District students, local stargazers and interested novices as people near and far got involved.
The Uvalde County Historical Commission, Inc., Fort Inge Stargazers, and the Uvalde Rotary Club hosted the contest, which was open to sixth- through 12th-grade students.
Poster themes were “Light Pollutions, Outdoor Lighting and Preserving the Night Sky” and “Spring Constellations and the Evening Sky.”
Enrique Morales of Morales Junior High came away the big winner with the first-place prize of $100 in the middle school student category. Morales also walked away with the drawing prize, a $400 telescope.
Morales’ poster was titled “Jewels of the Vernal Sky.”
Ellenore Dorris and McCoy Smith tied for second in the middle school division. Each earned a $50 prize. Jessica Guzman claimed top prize of $100 in the high school division and also won a drawing prize of binoculars. Lizette Gonzales was second and awarded $50. Hanna Smith placed third for $25.
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