TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Joshua Baca, a senior at Ironwood Ridge High School is the winner of the 2015 Birthday stamp contest.
"I wanted to show the diversity of the people who have lived here throughout history," Joshua explained. "My inspiration for my stamp design comes from the everyday scenery we see in Tucson."
Included in the design are an early mission influence, the importance of the train to Tucson, the area's exciting monsoon storms, the AZ state flag, as well as the beautiful mountains and saguaros. Joshua is the Student Body President of Ironwood Ridge H.S., Thespian President, and member of the National Honor Society and Youth Advisory Council. He would like to study animation in the future.
In addition to Joshua's winning design two other designs from the various age groups were selected and printed as cachets (artwork) on envelopes and can be used for mail.
Cachet winners were: Bethany Fierro of Cross Middle School, Michael Gilding of Gridley Middle School, and Maureen Magee-Uhlik of Doolen Middle school; Tanvi Narendran and Vickram Narendran, siblings who attend St. Michaels School, and Nola Gelling of Montessori School.
The sales of stamps and cachets benefit the Youth Education thru Stamps (YES) program at the Postal History Foundation. The cost is $1.50 per stamp and $0.50 for cachets.
Orders for stamps and cachets can be made at the Postal History Foundation, whose hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by calling Lisa Dembowski, Education Director, at (520) 623-6652 x 102 to order over the phone or email her at email@example.com.
The top fifteen winners will be on exhibit at the Postal History Foundation until the 2016 Awards ceremony next year.