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Andrew Albrecht draws winning design

Bureau County has a new county seal

Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 4:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 2, 2014 5:01 p.m. CDT
(BCR photo/Kevin Hieronymus)
Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus (from left) congratulates Design a Seal winners Andrew Albrecht, first place; Lauren Frost, second place; and Olivia Eiken, third place on their winning artwork. The top three designs were selected from approximately 150 entries submitted by fifth-graders around Bureau County. The first-place design will be used as the county's new official seal on county documents and records.

PRINCETON — The county of Bureau has a new county seal, thanks to Andrew Albrecht.

Andrew, a fifth-grader at Reagan Middle School in Tiskilwa, won the recent Design A Seal contest organized by Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus. The new seal depicts the Soldiers and Sailors monument on the courthouse square, stalks of corn, a covered bridge and a Ferris wheel from the Bureau County Fair.

Hieronymus said the old seal has been used for many years and is similar to the Illinois state seal, with a bald eagle on a rock, a ribbon and shield. Other counties were updating and modernizing their county seals, and she thought it would be a good thing to do for Bureau County as well.

“As one of our jobs, the county clerk is the keeper of the county seal,” Hieronymus said. “For anything that needs to be certified, from county board records, to vital records and other official documents which need to be sealed, we will use this new seal. I will have it posted on the county clerk’s website and have it become a part of our official stationary for the county clerk’s office.”

When considering the updated county seal, Hieronymus said she thought it was time to incorporate some color into the design and to feature some historical sites in the county.

“I thought we needed a new symbol that is a representation of Bureau County,” Hieronymus said. “I also thought we could use some youthful creations to come up with a new look.”

Fifth-graders from throughout the county were invited to participate in the Design a Seal contest. The guidelines for the entries were the design had to be drawn on an 8-by-11-inch paper, with a circular design approximately 3 to 5 inches wide. The entries were to be done in colored pencil. Students also had to write a paragraph explaining their chosen designs.

About 150 entries were received from students at Ohio Grade School, Spring Valley Elementary, Cherry Grade School and Princeton Elementary School, Hieronymus said. Judging was done by a panel of five judges: Bureau County Treasurer Nina Urbanowski, Bureau County Board member Mary Jane Marini, Bureau County Historical Museum Director Pam Lange, Princeton resident and business woman Carolyn Diller, and former Bureau County Clerk staff member Kathy Waca. The judges had a tough job to do, and they selected a great winning design, Hieronymus said.

The top three winners in the Design a Seal contest were announced at last week’s awards ceremony at Reagan Middle School in Tiskilwa. Second place was awarded to Lauren Frost; third place was awarded to Olivia Eiken. Like the first-place winner, Lauren and Olivia are also fifth-graders at Reagan. All participants were given a prize for submitting an entry. The top three winners received additional prizes, Hieronymus said.

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