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Holiday Card Contest Winners Announced

The spirit of the holidays is depicted in the annual student Holiday Card Contest as students captured the season with wintry landscapes, bursts of joy, and serene nature scenes in their winning card designs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for the 2021 Caldwell County Schools holiday card.

This year’s winners are Macy Harris, Sawmills Elementary School; Andi Johnson, Kings Creek School; and Austen Moore, Hibriten High School. Each student received a $50 prize from the Education Foundation Inc of Caldwell County in support of his or her artistic accomplishments. The Board of Education also recognized students at its business meeting on Monday, Dec. 13.

Hibriten High School art teacher Jenna Bailey appreciates the school district’s focus on artistic development. “I think it is important for our students to be involved in the artistic opportunities offered in Caldwell County because it gives them a chance to hone their skills and develop their artistic voices,” Bailey said. “Involvement in the Fine Arts gives students an outlet for self-expression, builds their self-confidence, and encourages an appreciation for diverse perspectives.”

The student’s name, school, and art teacher are included on the back of each holiday card. Sawmills Elementary art teacher Brad Wright supports the efforts to involve his students in art activities that will bring them into the spotlight. “Participating in art contests allows all my students to showcase their skills and experience a diverse form of learning which they might not otherwise have access to,” Wright said.  

Cards were distributed to all school districts across the state, as well as to governmental officials, local community leaders, and educational partners. Nearly 300 cards were sent out with student artwork as the featured centerpiece.

School administrators support this initiative that places emphasis on the arts. “Entering art competitions can provide students with confidence about their talent,” said Melissa Costin, principal at Happy Valley School. “It prepares them for the real world by demonstrating to them that in a competitive environment -  if they are willing to prepare and put the effort into the project - they can be successful.”