She had to wait almost an entire year, but a very excited Oklahoma student got her moment of glory on the stage of the 2012 National Bike Summit tonight.
Last year, more than 5,000 fifth graders from 17 different states participated in the Saris Poster Contest by submitting original artwork centered around the theme “Bicycling is fun…and healthy too!” May, a student from Edmond, Oklahoma, won the Grand Prize with her colorful and creative poster (below), earning her family a free trip to the 2012 National Bike Summit.
“At Saris Cycling Group, we believe that bicycling can enhance the quality of life throughout the United States,” said SCG President Chris Fortune. “This contest is one way we’re able to engage youth in thinking about the bicycle as a solution to many of our current social and economic issues.”
It certainly got May excited about bicycle issues — and advocacy. “I think it’s so cool that I get to promote a fun and healthy activity like bicycling AND hang out in D.C.” she said.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Congratulations, May!
Carolyn SzczepanskiCarolyn joined the League in March 2012, after two years at the Alliance for Biking & Walking. In addition to managing the League's blog, magazine and other communications, Carolyn organized the first National Women's Bicycling Summit and launched the League's newest program: Women Bike. Before she crossed over to advocacy, she was a professional journalist for nearly 10 years.