2023 Button Contest Winners
The 32nd 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 three sections according to school grade; K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The 4th of July Committee is proud to announce the winners.
In the grades K-5 category Kirra Lambert took the honors. Kirra is a 10 year old 5th grader at Colt-Andrews and is the daughter of Cristalee and Chad Lambert. In addition to an obvious interest in art she also enjoys athletics including swimming and softball. Math is her favorite subject and is on the safety patrol at school. Time with family and friends is important and sharing it with two sisters (Olivia and Madison) is always fun and rewarding. Teaching may be in her future, but as Kirra recognizes she has plenty of time to decide. Kirra joins her sister Madison (2O21 K-5 Button Contest winner) in Bristol July 4th lore. Kirra's entry displays a puppy eagerly awaiting the Parade.
Marissa Cabral is the winner in the grades 6-8 following up her win in the K-5 category in 2O2O and was defending champion in the 6-8 group. Marissa is a 13 year old 8th 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 extra-curricular activities are indicative of a very busy 8th 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. Marissa most recently garnered 2nd place with her partner in the Science Olympiad for their roller coaster design and won 2 summer camp scholarships from PPAC to study ceramics and digital art. Marissa has an older sister, Kristiana, who is completing her freshman year in college. Marissa's entry is
Mr. Potato Head with Parade route.
Finally, the grades 9-12 section was won by Luke Daniel. Luke is a 15 year old sophomore at Mt. Hope High School, is the son of Cherie and Eric Daniel and won the 6-8 category and was the overall winner in 2O2O and 2O2I. As with all our winners Luke is a multi-dimensional student as he regularly attains high honors in the classroom, volunteers at the Rogers Free Library and is active in the SFT and STEM extracurricular activities briefly described above. Brother Evan was the overall winner in 2022 and won in all 3 categories. Sister Elle is also a faithful entrant in the K-5 group.
Those are the 3 category winners and the overall winner (drum roll please) is the entry submitted by Luke Daniel. His drawing of an American Revolutionary soldier will appear on the 238th 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 4,2023.
Bristol 4th of July Committee
General Chairman: Camille Teixeira
P.O. Box 561
Bristol, RI 02809