September 26, 2018

Student design chosen for Burlington flag

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Twin brothers Owen and Lucas Marchessault, middle-schoolers from Burlington, are the designers of city’s new flag.

A flag designed by Burlington middle-schoolers Owen and Lucas Marchessault has been selected as the new flag for the City of Burlington.

Burlington City Arts conducted an online voting campaign in November to allow residents and people who work in Burlington to choose among seven final designs. There were about 140 designs submitted, and roughly 1,500 people voted.

“Congratulations to Owen and Lucas Marchessault on the selection of their design, which beautifully conveys our city’s history, character and natural environment,” Mayor Miro Weinberger said. “It is fitting that a design created by two Burlington students should be chosen to replace the city’s original student-designed flag.”

The flag will be officially unveiled during the city’s First Night celebration Dec. 31.

The twin brothers collaborated with their mother, Molly Abair, on the design. The design is a representation of the sky, mountains, the breakwater, the Green Mountain State and Lake Champlain.

The brothers are honor roll students at Edmund’s Middle School.

“I was going to the City of Burlington website to obtain an update on the impending teacher’s strike and happened upon the Burlington city flag contest,” Abair said. “I showed the boys, and we decided that this would be the perfect project for them to work on during the strike while out of school.

The family will receive a $250 honorarium, one-year membership to Burlington City Arts and a flag of their design.

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