The deadline for patch contest entries was February
8, 1999. Judging took place at the McREL Genesis Outreach
offices in Aurora, CO on February 17, 1999. See the winning
designs and the artists who brought them to life below.
Nearly 300 individuals participated in the Genesis mission
patch contest. Entries arrived from 23 states within the U.S.
and three countries outside of the U.S. A panel of judges
from Genesis partner organizations selected four winning patch
designs and twenty designs received an honorable mention distinction.
Winner profiles, patch designs, and honorable mention designations
are posted below.
Age 8 & Under
Winner: Rebecca A.
Community Park School
Princeton, New Jersey
Teacher: Mr. Michael Rodos
"My teacher gave us the choice to enter the patch contest.
I decided to do it because I just love space, science,
writing, and art."
Winner: Jennifer K.
Lake Highland Junior High School
Teacher: Mr. Ron Hargrove
"My science teacher encouraged us to enter the Genesis
mission patch contest. After I toured NASA, I got really
interested in space study."
Winner: Jose' P.
Whitney Young High School
"I found the Genesis patch contest on the Internet.
When I saw it, I immediately thought of the sun and
the Big Bang. I have a huge interest in the sun and
astronomy in general."
Age 18 & Over
Winner: Sydney John Hicks
"Whenever I look up at the moon, I remember that humans
have walked on the surface that's hanging there above
me in the sky, and of what that means in terms of distance
and of achievement. Best of all, space exploration is
driven by dreamers. And so, even those of us who can't
do the science can take part in the dream."
Age 8 & Under:
Steven Faiella, Ossining, New York
Zak Gabor, Ossining, New York
Javier Vidal, Jr., Ossining, New York
Jeffrey Ward, Ossining, New York
Tyler Beauchamp, Vancouver, Washington
Brooklyn Ferguson, Vancouver, Washington
Su Li Khing, Selangor, Malaysia
Eric Noon, Aurora, Colorado
Theresa Regis, Cambria Heights, New York
Michelle Swett, Kelso, Washington
Kathleene Synnott, North Chicago, Illinois
Paulina Ziminska, Burbank, Illinois
James Binder, River Grove, Illinois
Kevin Crabtree, East Hazel Crest, Illinois
Aimaliz Portalatin, Elmont, New York
Age 18 & Over
Antonio Acevedo, Chicago, Illinois
Marlene Battista, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Joan M. Byerley, Haddon Heights, New Jersey
Tammy Kopp, West Melbourne, Florida
Theresa M. Kuffel, Warrenville, Illinois
Entries were judged on three criteria: 1) the creativity
and originality of the design;
2) the embodiment of the theme, Genesis: Search for Origins;
3) the use of the required design elements as specified in
original contest rules. The entries were judged
by a team consisting of an outreach specialist from three partner
organizations: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Los Alamos National
Laboratory, and the Mid-continent Research for Education and
One winner per age category was chosen. Decisions of the
judges are final. The four winners have been notified and
will receive a copy of The Handy Space Answer Book by Phillis
Engelbert and Diane L. Dupuis, compliments of Visible Ink
Press. Watch this site for future updates on ceremonies and/or
local announcements regarding selection of these winners in
this national contest. All participants will receive a certificate
of recognition and appreciation for their participation.