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New design chosen for Tucson's Birthday stamp

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Winning stamp to commemorate Tucson's 239th birthday (Source: Postal History Foundation) Winning stamp to commemorate Tucson's 239th birthday (Source: Postal History Foundation)
Grand prize winner - Jillian Stachowski (Source: Postal History Foundation) Grand prize winner - Jillian Stachowski (Source: Postal History Foundation)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - And the winner is Jillian Stachowski, a student at Gale Elementary, she won the Grand Prize in Tucson's 239th Birthday stamp contest.  

Jillian's stamp design is a watercolor horned toad wearing a birthday hat and facing saguaros that are acting like birthday candles.  According to Jillian the horned toad is ready to 'blow out the candles.'  In the background of the picture are beautiful purple mountains. 

This design has been made into a legal U.S. postage stamp and can be ordered and purchased at the Postal History Foundation in Tucson. The cost is $1.50 per stamp, with the proceeds benefiting the Youth Education Thru Stamps (YES) program at the Postal History Foundation.  This foundation provides curriculum based lessons and stamps to teachers in Arizona and across the country. 

The top five winners from the three age groups received awards and prizes at a ceremony on Friday, August 22.  Each winner received a Bookmans gift certificate, award, T-shirt, collectable stamp and other prizes.  

As an added bonus two additional designs, from each age group were selected and printed on envelopes as cachets that can be used for mail.  According to the Foundation those envelopes can also be purchased at the Foundation for $0.50 each.  

Cachet winners were - Sophia Roberts, Quail Run Elementary; Valentin Gastelum, White Elementary and Sophia Rojas from Emily Gray Jr. High.  Three additional cachet design winners were Roark Polzin, Anna Huber and Eve Spiegel, who are all home schooled. 

To order stamps and cachets contact Lisa Dembowski, Education Director, at 520-623-6652 x 102 or phfeducation@comcast.net.

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