Youth Art Con­test gives stu­dents cre­ative op­por­tu­nity

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley

A va­ri­ety of cre­ative abil­i­ties were dis­played in many forms at the Youth Art Con­test held at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity (BCF) on Novem­ber 2.

The con­test was open to any­one from Grades 3 to 12 in ar­eas OF Drumheller, Car­bon, Wheat­land Cross­ing, and Star­land County. The con­test asked for orig­i­nal art­work from the stu­dents, with the win­ners re­ceiv­ing prizes at the end.

“Oh my gosh! We were com­pletely blown away this year,” said Katie Sun­t­jens, REACH Well­ness Worker for Mor­rin and Delia Schools. “Last year was a lot more tra­di­tional art like draw­ing, sketch­ing, and paint­ing. This year we had such a va­ri­ety like way more pho­tog­ra­phy and sculp­tures.

To dou­ble our en­tries too this year was awe­some.”

This an­nual ini­tia­tive was made pos­si­ble through part­ner­ships with the Al­berta Health Ser­vices Ad­dic­tion and Men­tal Health team.

Their goal was to pro­mote Na­tional Ad­dic­tions Aware­ness Week, which oc­curs an­nu­ally in Novem­ber.

The week aims to raise aware­ness about is­sues re­lated to sub­stance abuse and prob­lem gam­bling, and to high­light how in­di­vid­u­als can take steps to en­sure an ad­dic­tion-free life­style for them­selves and their fam­i­lies.

An­other rea­son for the con­test was to de­velop more as­sets within a child or teenager’s life.

“There’s 40 dif­fer­ent de­vel­op­men­tal as­sets and the more as­sets that they have, the more likely they will be a more pro- duc­tive mem­ber of so­ci­ety,” ex­plained Sun­t­jens. “It is our hope that this con­test will show­case not only the tal­ents of the youth who have en­tered but will also shed some light on the peo­ple who are in their lives and how they in­ter­act with them, build­ing those as­sets with them.”

51 en­tries were sub­mit­ted from only two schools; Car­bon and Mor­rin.

Three cat­e­gories were noted for stu­dents to base their idea around. Cat­e­gory one asked “How do you make the most out of you?” which prompted thoughts about what makes a per­son feel in­spired, happy, and full of ful­fill­ment.

The sec­ond cat­e­gory asked ‘How do you make the most of your fam­ily?’. It di­rected the stu­dent to think about fam­ily bond­ing and con­nec­tions.

‘How do you make the most of your com­mu­nity?’ was the fi­nal cat­e­gory that stu­dents could in­vest in. It ex­plored top­ics like clubs or groups and pos­si­ble changes to cre­ate a bet­ter com­mu­nity in the fu­ture.

“They talked about what or who in­flu­enced them or helped them out whether it was fam­ily or friends and even in the com­mu­nity ones, they talk about how their com­mu­nity in­flu­ences them and how they are af­fected by that,” said Sun­t­jens.

All win­ners were ac­com­pa­nied by a com­mu­nity do­na­tion. Things such as class regis­tra­tions, mu­seum ad­mis­sion packs, and gift cer­tifi­cates were up for grabs.

“Nor­mally we don’t do an honourable men­tion but we had tons of com­mu­nity do­na­tions in terms of prizes this year so we had the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer prizes to honourable men­tions as well,” said Sun­t­jens.

For El­e­men­tary, the best over­all sub­mis­sion was won by Kate Rice of Car­bon School. She won a Cot­ton Clay­works Stu­dio class reg­is­tra­tion.

The best in the Make the Most of You cat­e­gory went to Jorja Rus­sell of Mor­rin School where she won a Trekcetera Fam­ily Ad­mis­sion pack.

For the Make the Most of Your Fam­ily cat­e­gory, Tay­lor Macfar­lane, Mor­rin School won a Sand­stone Lanes $25 Gift Cer­tifi­cate.

Make the Most of Your Com­mu­nity in the el­e­men­tary di­vi­sion went to Mitchell Nien­aber of Car­bon School. His prize was a fam­ily ticket pack­age to the Drumheller Dragons.

Meghan McNaughton of Mor­rin School won best over­all in the Ju­nior High di­vi­sion, win­ning a Trekcetera Fam­ily Ad­mis­sion pack. First place win­ner for the Make the Most of You cat­e­gory went of McKen­zee Olsen of Mor­rin School.

An honourable men­tion went to Mat­tie Jensen who is also from Mor­rin. They both re­ceived a Drumheller Dragons fam­ily ticket pack­age.

The Make the Most of Your Fam­ily first place went to Ni­cole Wolf of Mor­rin School. An honourable men­tion went to Charly Gra­ham of Mor­rin. Both win­ners got their hands on a Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum Fam­ily Ad­mis­sion pack­age.

Nathanyel Fer­gu­son of Car­bon School won a Drumheller Dragons fam­ily ticket pack­age for win­ning the Make the Most of Your Com­mu­nity cat­e­gory.

For Se­nior High stu­dents, the over­all best sub­mis­sion went to Made­line Cun­can­non of Mor­rin School. She also won the Make the Most of Your Fam­ily cat­e­gory. Her prizes in­cluded two movie passes to the Napier The­atre and a set of fam­ily tick­ets for a Drumheller Dragons game.

There were no en­tries in the se­nior class for the Make the Most of You & Make the Most of Your Com­mu­nity cat­e­gories.

On top of all the prizes awarded, a $200 Visa Card Class­room Prize was awarded to the Ju­nior High classes of Mor­rin School. Staff Karla Nielsen, Michelle Jarvis, and Blair Rau­gust will be able to put that money to­wards art sup­plies.

At the end of the night event at­ten­dees voted for the “Peo­ple’s Choice Award”.

Meah Rich­mond of Mor­rin School won, re­ceiv­ing mul­ti­fa­cil­ity passes for the BCF & Aquaplex.

The art­work will be dis­played in the Western GM Art Gallery at the BCF from Novem­ber 1 to 14.

mailphoto by Terri Hux­ley

Mor­rin and Car­bon school stu­dents gath­ered at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity (BCF) arts gallery on Novem­ber. 2 for the Youth Art Gala Event made pos- sible through the Drumheller and Area As­set De­vel­op­ment Coali­tion.

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