Sussex County Council announced the winners of the Election Year Scholarship Contest Tuesday at its meeting.
The scholarship contest recognized six children, one grand prize recipient, and five runners up with plaques and scholarship prizes for their winning efforts. To take part, students had to fill out a form on the county's website and predict the winners of 23 national, state, and local races in the Nov. 6 general election. To break a tie, each entrant was asked to predict the total number of votes the winner of the gubernatorial race would receive from Sussex County. Governor Jack Markell, who won the election, collected 51,439 votes from Sussex County.
Students competed for one $200 scholarship prize and five $100 runner-up prizes. The winner and five runners-up are:
- Winner Paige Shockley, 12, a sixth-grader at the Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences in Georgetown. Paige correctly picked all 23 races; the only entrant to have a perfect score.
- First runner-up Bo Shockley, 18, a senior at Sussex Central High School and the brother of the grand-prize winner. Bo correctly predicted 22 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 55,500 votes from Sussex County for the gubernatorial race winner.
- Second runner-up Alexandra Coverdale, 17, a senior Cape Henlopen High School. Alexandra correctly predicted 22 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 37,573 votes.
- Third runner-up Preston Hitchens, 11, a sixth-grader at Laurel Middle School. Preston correctly predicted 21 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 50,000 votes.
- Fourth runner-up Emily Lingo, 12, a seventh-grader at Beacon Middle School. Emily also correctly predicted 21 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 57,000 votes.
- Fifth runner-up Ryan Swingle, 15, a sophomore at Sussex Technical High School. Ryan also correctly predicted 21 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 72,000 votes to capture the last prize.
All of the scholarships are to be paid upon a student's enrollment in college or another post-high school educational program. Funding comes through councilmanic grants, as well as from the Moore & Rutt law firm.