Souvenir Commemorative Button Contest

The 31st annual Bristol 4th of July Committee's Commemorative Button Contest has concluded. The contest is open to all Bristol students in grades K- 12 and is divided into 3 sections according to school grade - K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The 4th of July Committee is proud to announce the winners. 


ln the grades K-5 category Adele Sweeney took the honors. Adele is a L0 year old 5th grader at Colt Andrews and is the daughter of Adele Sweeney and Matthew Tucker and Beth and Eric Sweeney. In addition to an obvious interest in art she also enjoys dancing (hip hop, ballet and jazz) and loves athletics including basketball and flag football. Math is her favorite subject on the scholastic side and was recently honored for high achievement by the BWRSD School Committee. Family time is important and sharing it with 3 sisters (Gwenyth, Lexie and Eden) and 3 brothers (Noah, Jake and Cole) is always fun and rewarding. And we cannot forget her love for animals as manifested by Crew and Coco, the family Labradoodle and Yorkie respectively. Art or dance teaching may be in her future, but as Adele recognizes she has plenty of time to decide. Adele joins her twin sister Eden (2021 Little Miss 4th) in Bristol July 4th lore. 


Marissa Cabral is the winner in the grades 6-8 following up her win in the K-5 category in 2020. Marissa is a 12 year old 7'h grader at Kickemuit Middle School and is the daughter of Mary and Keith Cabral. Aspiring to a career in the arts as evidenced by her outstanding entry in the button contest Marissa also sings with the chorus and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Her volunteer and extracurricular activities are indicative of a very busy 7th grader. These include Best Buddies which involves pairing special needs students with volunteers to build social skills and have some fun while doing it, Husky Headlines is a journalism club for which Marissa is a news anchor and is responsible for keeping the Kickemuit community aware of happenings, Seaperch is a competitive underwater robotics activity engineering, building and programming robots for underwater research and finally she is active in SFT (Solve for Tomorrow) which is a community STEM club and which created an application to predict rip tides and a rescue device for swimmers caught in one. The club won a substantial amount of technology from the state for completing this project. Marissa has an older sister, Kristiana, who is a senior at Mt. Hope and off to NC State next year. 


Finally, the grades 9-12 section was won by Evan Daniel. Evan is a 1"7 year old junior at Mt. Hope High School, is the son of Cherie and Eric Daniel and won the K-5 category in 201-5 and the 6-8 category in 2019. As with all our winners Evan is a multi-dimensional student as he plays the trombone in the school band, has participated in the Science Olympiad, regularly attains high honors in the classroom, has built his own computer (so we now have the PC, Mac and Evan) and mentors 1" grade students in arts and crafts as an extracurricular activity. Recently he is developing custom digital worlds for popular video games, shares them on his social media platform (on which he has nearly 100,000 followers) and is able to earn some extra cash in the process. Brother Luke (overall button winner in 2O2O and 2021) and sister Elle also enter the button contest. 


Those are the 3 category winners and the overall winner (drum roll please) is the entry submitted by Evan Daniel. His drawing will appear on the 237th Celebration's Commemorative Button. 

The 4th of July Committee thanks all the students who entered the contest and congratulates the three winners. Parade spectators have a chance to congratulate the winners, also, as they will have a place of honor in the parade on July 4,2022.