This was a strong entry. We liked the thoughtfulness of Derek’s essay and the way he expressed what the opportunity to do a map meant to him. He explained his values and why they were important to him. It was clear that he put a lot of thought into his goals and stuck to them. He hit most of his targets.
Considering the trials and tribulations of getting this map to work in the way I wanted, this was a unique experience. I can't say that anyone else ever tasked me with creating a map of this scale.
Anyway, I made this with my own personal beliefs of how this map should be made. To an extent, making sure that districts are "competitive" is contradictory. I realize that it is to ensure that neither party is at an advantage, but it is unnecessary. If there are already statistics of the number of Democrats and Republicans, a vote would never be needed.
Thus, I created districts without much regard for this "competitiveness." Making sure that the districts were of somewhat equal population was a given for anything to be balanced. I don't want to discriminate in anyway when I say this, but I didn't really care for the "majority, minority" scale. A person is a person no matter the race, nationality and gender, so creating a map with that in mind would lead to a district where a minority would have more weight than the entire district if that makes any sense.
For a sixteen-year old kid to even have a chance at possibly shaping his future is kind of cool, and I am really glad to have this opportunity, so I give a final thank you.