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Aug 20, 2012 7:12 PM by Leasa Conze

Middle school student wins Tucson birthday stamp contest

TUCSON - An 11-year-old has won the Tucson birthday stamp design contest, now in its fifth year.

Lorenzo Corza, 11, went away with the Grand Prize for his unique design.

It is an ink drawing of a booted Southwestern horse, wearing a cowboy hat, high on a bluff overlooking the Sonoran Desert.

The stamp commemorates August 20 back in 1775, when Hugh O'Connor established the presidio of Tucson.

Over one hundred local students enter the contest every year. The top five from each age group win prizes, ribbons, and gift certificates from Bookman's.

The grand prize winner is made into custom U.S. postage, and one design from each age group is used for cachets and printed on envelopes.

Stamps and cachets are available for sale and the proceeds go to support the YES program, which supplies stamps and curriculum-based lessons to over 12,000 students and teachers across the country at no charge.

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