Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Students show patriotism with calendar art

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        INDEPENDENCE — Thirteen Kenton County students were honored Tuesday for their winning entries in the “Why I Love America” calendar contest.

        Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson developed the contest to help young people cope with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

        Students in all Kenton County public, home and private schools in kindergarten through grade 12 were invited to create works of art with the theme of “Why I Love America.” About 2,040 students submitted entries, from which five judges selected 13 drawings to be made into a 2002 calendar.

        Contest winners are: kindergarten, Nicholas Callahan, Summit View Elementary School; first grade, Ellie Eckerle, St. Joseph School; second grade, Grant Guess, Villa Madonna Academy; third grade, Jordan Hoffer, Blessed Sacrament School; fourth grade, Megan Berberich, St. Agnes School; fifth grade, Rachel Austin, Kenton Elementary; sixth grade, Nick Guenther, Summit View Middle School; seventh grade, Lindsey DeMarcus, Turkeyfoot Middle School; eighth grade, Andrea Loos, Blessed Sacrament School; ninth grade, Ryan Taylor, Scott High School; 10th grade, Lauren Richardson, Simon Kenton High School; 11th grade, Chris Walter, Scott High School; and 12th grade, Sam Marie Taylor, Simon Kenton High School.

        Participants will receive a copy of the calendar and winners will receive a $250 savings bond. Honorable mentions will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.

        The calendars are available at the Kenton County Attorney's Office for $5, and proceeds will go to the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Fund.


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