Nadine Maeser
Public Information Officer
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Terri Charles
Asst. Public Information Officer
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December 2, 2019

Government Relations and Public Affairs
187 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Media Advisory
Winners announced for Maryland Judiciary’s 14th Annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest

The Maryland Judiciary received 2,735 bookmark entries from students in 11 counties, plus Baltimore City, for its 14th Annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest. The contest, which is sponsored by the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), more than doubled in entries from students across Maryland.

The contest winners will be announced Thursday, Dec. 5, at a special celebration hosted by Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, a former elementary school teacher, who will meet with students and congratulate them on their bookmark artwork. Students created bookmarks focused on the peacemaking theme preventing or resolving conflict peacefully. Many of this year’s participants created artwork expressing messages about respect for others, inclusion, and self-acceptance.  

Eleven first, second, and third place contest winners in in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 will receive prizes. Students’ bookmarks will be printed and distributed throughout Maryland to promote conflict resolution. Fifteen students will garner honorable mentions for their artwork.

WHAT: Student bookmark artwork unveiled, and winners announced at awards ceremony and reception at the 14th Annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest

WHO: Mary Ellen Barbera, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals
Students in grades K-8 and their families

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 5, 4-6:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Maryland Judicial Center
Lobby area and rooms 132-133
187 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

NOTE: Please contact the Maryland Judiciary, Government Relations and Public Affairs, by email at [email protected] or 410-260-1488 to attend. Cameras and electronic recording devices will be allowed. Media outlets are responsible for getting permission from families, as needed, for the use of photos, video, and publication of the students and their artwork. More contest details can be found at: