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image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 19 November 2005
A blue flag, with a gold lining just inside the border. Eight wheat stalks outline a central rectangle, and inside that is the city seal in brown, black and white. The flag was adopted on 16 June 2005. Some details of its origin are presented at www.lansingcurrent.com:
"City flags LHS student's entry as winner"
"Thomas Bender originally hadn't planned on entering the contest to design a flag for the city of Lansing. But since he had to create one as part of an assignment in his advanced word processing class at Lansing High School, he went ahead and entered. The effort is paying off. His design — a field of blue with a golden rod border and the city seal in the middle framed by wheat staffs — was selected as the contest winner. Tonight, Bender will collect the $175 first prize at the Lansing City Council meeting. Bender, who will be a senior at Lansing High School in the fall, was one of about 80 students in Lansing schools who submitted an entry. The only mandatory criterion was to include the Lansing seal on the flag.
"I didn't have much of an idea to start but decided on the blue background because of the Kansas flag," Bender said about his beginning design. "Kansas is known as the breadbasket of the world, which is why I chose the wheat for around the seal," he said, "and I thought that the golden rod border complimented that well." "
There is also an earlier Current story about the contest at http://www.lansingcurrent.com/news/2005/may/05/050505_flag_design_contest/ from the 5 May 2005 issue
"Contest seeks city flag design"
"About 15 years ago, William Bailey won a contest to create a seal for City of Lansing. Now that seal is part of another contest, this time to design a flag for the city. City Council member Billy Blackwell broached the idea of the city sponsoring a contest after local veteran Mike Howell showed him a preliminary design for the Lansing Veterans Memorial to be built at City Hall, 800 First Terrace. The drawing included United States, Kansas and Lansing flags, but there was a problem. "I didn't know we didn't have a flag," Howell said. The City of Lansing flag contest is intended to change that.
Bailey, Lansing resident, said that when he sees the city seal these days, he still thinks, "I designed that." The winner of the flag contest, open to Lansing elementary, middle and high school students, may feel a similar feeling of pride seeing her design flying high at City Hall . In case that isn't enough incentive for students to enter the contest, the winner also receives $175, the second prize is $75, and the third prize is $50. The only restriction on the flag's design is that it must include the city seal.
Ned Smith, 23 September 2005