Utah Students Win $1,000 Scholarships in Bookmark Art Contest


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December 9, 2020

my529, Utah System of Higher Education sponsor annual student scholarship event

Eight Utah students each won a $1,000 scholarship—thanks to their artistic talents—from my529 in the annual 2020 Make Your Mark bookmark contest.

The contest, sponsored by my529 and the Utah System of Higher Education, invited K-12 students throughout the state to create an original bookmark design. A panel of judges chose two winning designs from each of four age categories.

Make Your Mark is open to all Utah students every September, which Utah’s governor designates as College Savings Month. In its 11th year, the contest advances awareness about preparing for future higher education costs while promoting art, reading and postsecondary education.

The winners are:

Kindergarten-Third Grade

Noelle, from Salt Lake City School District, and Alexis, from Weber School District, were chosen as winners in the Kindergarten-Third Grade category, judged by SLCtv host Poonam Kumar.


Noelle’s design, left, was chosen for its “fun play on words” and a message that would “stick with readers of all ages.”

Alexis’s bookmark, right, was praised for “colorful, very detailed, creative artwork” and for emphasizing that “reading can open a world of opportunities.”

Fourth-Sixth Grades

Macie, from Alpine School District, and Celeste, from Granite School District, won the Fourth Grade through Sixth Grade category, judged by American West Heritage Center CEO Mic Bowen.


Macie’s design, left, was said to communicate “a powerful message of hope and excitement for reading.”

Celeste’s bookmark, right, was described as “stunning in its detail and it invokes the power of the imagination.”

Seventh-Eighth Grades

Winners in grades seven through eight were Amelia, from Davis School District, and Josie, from Granite School District. Utah State Treasurer David Damschen judged the age category.


Amelia’s bookmark, left, was noted for representing that “people of all kinds can love to read,” and that “books are the treasure.”

Josie’s design, right, was praised for its “sense of solace, security, happiness, comfort, and fascination” contrasted with “the dazzling scene of endless possibilities for discovery and adventure.”

Ninth-12th Grades

Winners in grades nine through 12 were Graciela, from Davis School District, and Logan, from Wasatch School District. The category was judged by Lisa-Michele Church, Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority Board Chair.


Graciela’s design, left, stood out for “the strong energy of the young woman in her warrior pose,” and because it portrays that “a young person reading a book may imagine themselves as anything they want to be.”

Logan’s bookmark, right, was noted as “very beautiful and inspiring” and for its message that “books can capture our imaginations like nothing else.”

“The students exhibited a lot of creativity,” my529 Executive Director Richard Ellis said. “It’s wonderful to see them expressing their talents in this contest.”

Students can use their my529 scholarship funds at any eligible college, university or technical school in the United States or abroad that is qualified to participate in federal student aid programs—not just schools in Utah. Scholarship money can be used to pay for qualified higher education expenses like tuition, fees, required books, supplies and equipment.


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About Utah System of Higher Education

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