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Alumni Association announces winners of 'What’s on Your Plate?' contest

Michael McLendon's winning license plate
November 16, 2011

The Arizona State University Alumni Association announced today that Michael McLendon and Michael Smith are the winners of the association’s What’s On Your Plate contest, which invited Sun Devils to submit pictures of their ASU-themed license plates. There were more than 25 entries in the contest, and nearly 500 Sun Devils voted online to determine the winners.

McLendon, the winner of the in-state category of the contest, was victorious with a photo of his Arizona plate bearing the personalized message “DVLZ4L.” Smith, winner of the out-of-state category, entered a photo of his Oklahoma license plate that says “SUN DVL.”

McLendon will receive two tickets to a suite in Sun Devil Stadium to watch the Duel in the Desert as the Sun Devils take on their UofA rivals on Nov. 19, as well as a Sparky Car Kit filled with ASU logo items for his vehicle. Smith’s prize pack will include a $100 gas card and a Sparky Car Kit.

The association also announced runners-up for the contest: Abe Titze and Deborah Hull in the in-state division, and Denise Gangi-Pollacek and Timothy and Tamara Keighron in the out-of-state division. They will receive Sparky Car Kits as prizes.

One goal of the What’s On Your Plate contest was to raise awareness of the ASU collegiate license plate program in Arizona and to recognize the enthusiasm of Sun Devil fans. Seventeen dollars of every $25 charged by the state of Arizona for the license plate is allocated to the university’s Medallion Scholarship fund. The Medallion Scholarship program gives students who are Arizona residents financial support, as well as the opportunity to foster their personal development and leadership skills while attending ASU.

Hundreds of ASU Medallion Scholarship recipients have benefitted from the funds generated by proceeds from the Sparky license plate since it first hit Arizona roadways in 1989. The current Medallion Scholarship program is comprised of 103 current ASU students majoring in fields that include business, engineering and liberal arts, among many others. Twenty-three of those students will graduate in May 2012.

For more information or to order a Sparky license plate, visit or contact the Motor Vehicle Division from 8 a.m.-5p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 602-255-0072 (Phoenix), 520-629-9808 (Tucson) or 800-251-5866 (throughout Arizona).