Pictured at left is the new Grand Winner, Roark Polzin. Roark Polzin is a 15 year old home school student.
Polzin used colored drawing markers to create his picture of the iconic “Diving Lady” sign and the building it hangs on. The well known sign can be seen in downtown Tucson at 145 S 6th Ave. The sign was restored to its former glory in 2012 by the Piccarreta Davis law firm which renovated the old Willard Hotel building in 1993.
Roark Polzin entered the stamp design contest two years ago and is very much a perfectionist. In fact, he was not happy with his art for last year’s contest and never entered his picture. This year Roark decided to draw the "Diving Lady" sign because he “really likes the building and they drive by it every day.” It took him a few hours a day for about a week to complete his masterpiece.
Lisa Dembowski, Education Director at the Postal History Foundation, asked Michael Piccarreta, (pictured at left with Roark), to be a surprise guest and give Roark his awards and sheet of stamps.
Fifteen winners from three age groups were awarded certificates, ribbons, and an assortment of prizes including gift certificates from Bookmans Entertainment Exchange who has supported the contest with certificates for more than seven years.
All of the winning entries are on exhibit for a year at the Postal History Foundation. Hours are M-F 8 am. to 3 pm.
OTHER WINNERS: In addition, two designs from each age group were selected and printed as collectible art work on envelopes used for mail. Cachet winners are as follows per age group. Age 5-8: Phelipe Cazares-Griffin from Basis Tucson and Mckenzie Parchuke of Tanque Verde Elementary. Age 9-12: Jillian Stachowski of Gale Elementary and Aracely Castillon from Gallego Intermediate. Age 13-17: Jonathan Hasenstab of Desert Sky Middle school and Azmiyn Vidal who moved to Tucson this past summer and will attend school here this year.
Click here to see pictures of collectible envelopes ,the 2016 stamp, and order information.
The stamps are custom legal US postage and can be used for the mail you send! Stamps can be purchased or ordered from the Postal History Foundation here in Tucson, proceeds to benefit our youth education program. TheYES, Youth Education thru Stamps, department supports over 13,000 students and teachers across the country annually with lessons and postage stamps and averages over 450,000 stamps given annually to students for learning and collecting purposes.
People may buy the stamps and collectible envelopes at the Postal History Foundation, call in an order, or mail in the order form.
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