An informal awards ceremony at E. Russell Hicks Middle School on Tuesday continued the celebration of Jessica Gonder's second-place finish in the national 1998 Savings Bond Poster Contest.
Rick Greiner, from the Bureau of Public Debt's Baltimore office, presented the principal of Gonder's school with the Liberty Bell Award.
"Hopefully in future years, you'll get your students to participate in this program," he said to Principal Deirdre Shumaker.
Jessica's family, a number of Board of Education members and the superintendent of Washington County schools sat in the classroom and watched the presentation.
"I'm not the parent, but I certainly feel like the proud parent," Shumaker said, holding the trophy.
Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr. said it is important for him to congratulate students on their achievements and tell them he is proud of them.