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Red Ribbon Week art contest winners announced

Photo by WILLIAM PAINE
Red Ribbon themed student art
These student produced works of art are now on display at the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley at 21 West Main Street Pulaski.
The theme for Red Ribbon Week is “Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.”

By WILLIAM PAINE

william.paine@southwesttimes.com

Winners of the Red Ribbon Week art contest were announced this week by the Pulaski County Partners Coalition (PCPC), who sponsored the event.

The theme of this year Red Ribbon Week was “Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.” Students in all Pulaski County Schools were encouraged to create art based on this theme and all five Pulaski County Public elementary schools, the Mayflower Christian Academy, as well as the county’s middle and high schools submitted artwork for the project.

We had entries from every school, which was amazing to me with them doing virtual learning and everything,” said Carol Smith, who coordinated the Red Ribbon Week Art project. “We worked with the guidance counselor’s in the schools to get the information out because there’s not an art teacher in every elementary school. They move from school to school.”

Carol Smith worked primarily with Meghan Edwards, the guidance counselor at Snowville Elementary School, to pass information to other guidance counselors in the county. Through the PCPC, Smith was able to provide mechanical pencils and other art supplies to the students in all the schools.

In all, 142 entries were submitted for the contest and who better to judge artwork, than the artsy types at the Fine Arts Center? And so the judges judged, selecting first, second and third place winners from each school.

The Pulaski County Partners Coalition sweetened the pot by providing prize money in the form of gift cards for the winners. Third place came with a $10 gift card, second place merited a $15 prize and first place winners received a gift card worth $25.

The Best in Show award in the contest went to Kylee Moye, a sixth grader at Pulaski County Middle School. Kyle earned a $50 gift card for her efforts.

The rest of the winners are listed below and many of these Red Ribbon themed student artworks are now on display in the front window of the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, located at 21 West Main St. in Pulaski.

Mayflower Christian Academy
1st Place – Orlando Mattos, 6th Grade
2nd Place – Clare Alley, 1st Grade
3rd Place – Aiden Barrett, 5th Grade

Critzer Elementary
1st Place – Luke Taylor, 2nd Grade
2nd Place – Breanne Tinsley, 3rd Grade
3rd Place – Kelsey Kincer, 5th Grade

Snowville Elementary
1st Place – Merayleigh Anderson, 3rd Grade
2nd Place – Caleb Stanper, 5th Grade
3rd Place – Roland Thompson, 3rd Grade

Pulaski Elementary
1st Place – Bentley Smith, 4th Grade
2nd Place – Rachel Riggs, 4th Grade
3rd Place – Grayson Garmon, 5th Grade

Dublin Elementary
1st Place – Axel Lambert, 4th Grade
2nd Place – Syra Bird, 3rd Grade
3rd Place – Carter Bruce, 4th Grade

Riverlawn Elementary
1st Place – Grace Donald, 3rd Grade
2nd Place – Presley Davis, Kindergarten
3rd Place – Aubrey Bowers, 2nd Grade

Pulaski County Middle
1st Place – Suri Bird, 7th Grade
2nd Place – Larra Dunford, 6th Grade
3rd Place – Lilly Sargent, 6th Grade

Pulaski County High School
1st Place – Skyy An Brinkley, 11th Grade
2nd Place – Elizabeth Harrell, 11th Grade
3rd Place – Sariah Buchinsky, 11th Grade

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