Lockheed Martin Sends Essay Contest Winner to Space Camp
Moorestown, NJ, 09-MAY-05 -- Fifth-grade student Devin Mahoney, from Alexander Denbo Elementary School in Pemberton, was announced the winner of a Space Day essay contest during a surprise presentation at his school on Friday. His prize is a three-day parent/child Space Camp adventure package, which includes camp tuition, airfare and transportation for the winner and a guardian.
“Space Day is a great source of inspiration for our children, and we are delighted to present this award to Devin,” said Carl Bannar, executive vice president of Maritime Systems & Sensors. “This opportunity will allow Devin to engage in projects that show him why excellence in math, science and technology is essential to the future of our country.”
Nearly 100 fifth grade students from Burlington County public schools wrote essays for the Lockheed Martin-sponsored contest. Students wrote about what it would be like to live and work on the Moon. Devin’s essay, “Exploring the Moon,” emerged as the best submission based on reviews that included judging panels of Lockheed Martin employees.
Lockheed Martin sponsored the essay contest in conjunction with Space Day, an annual celebration of the achievements, benefits, and opportunities of space exploration. Other Space Day celebration events coordinated by Lockheed Martin in New Jersey included four performances of the Franklin Institute’s “Life in Space Show” at Moorestown Upper Elementary School, and classroom presentations by Lockheed Martin employees in schools throughout Burlington County.