The Dundalk Eagle

St. Luke’s stu­dent wins ma­jor Arch­dio­cese art com­pe­ti­tion

- By KAITLIN KULICH kkulich@ches­pub.com Baltimore · Saint Patrick · Towson, MD · Greg Boyle S.J. · Calvert Hall College

DUN­DALK — Mary Holmes wasn’t sur­prised that Avery Carter, a ris­ing 8th grader at St. Luke’s Catholic School, won the Arch­dio­cese of Baltimore’s art con­test. She knew at a young age that Carter had a spe­cial artis­tic gift.

“Since the 3rd grade I knew Avery was ta­lented. We had a St. Pa­trick’s day as­sign­ment and Avery, without look­ing at a lep­rechaun, drew the most fan­tas­tic lep­rechaun and I was just blown away and thought, what a rich, vis­ual imag­i­na­tion this young man has,” Holmes said.

“So, when i saw his en­try come up on my screen, I thought to my­self, ‘wow I think we have a win­ner here.’”

Carter did win. Out of over 100 en­tries from stu­dents at schools within the Arch­dio­cese of Baltimore, Carter’s draw­ing of a cross in front of stain glass win­dows with the words, “Be a Light for All to See” writ­ten around it was cho­sen as the win­ner.

As the win­ner, Carter’s draw­ing will be used for the next year as a logo for the Arch­dio­cese to place on their web­site, pam­phlets, email sig­na­tures and much more.

“Ex­pect to see it ev­ery­where. You’re fa­mous!” Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Donna Har­gens said to Carter be­fore hand­ing him a cer­tifi­cate for his award out­side of the school Tues­day.

“[Your art­work] says a lot about you, its says a lot about your teach­ers and it says a lot about St. Luke’s. One of the things this school is known for is Catholic iden­tity and we will cer­tainly at­tribute [your draw­ing] to you and St. Luke’s,”

Har­gens said.

Carter was very hum­ble about re­ceiv­ing his award and said when he learned the theme for the con­test was, “be a light for all to see” he im­me­di­ately thought about the Star of Beth­le­hem.

“I thought about the Star of Beth­le­hem and the Na­tiv­ity and there is stain glass in al­most ev­ery church. So, I put the star in the back and the stain glass in the front,” Carter said.

Father Greg Rapis­arda con­grat­u­lated Carter at the school as well and said he was im­pressed by his artis­tic abil­i­ties.

“I can’t even draw a stick man,” Fr. Rapis­arda laughed. “I think it’s a gift of the holy spirit that you have and that you were able to en­vi­sion the Beth­le­hem light and the stain glass win­dows.”

Carter said once he fin­ishes his time at St. Luke’s, he wants to at­tend Calvert Hall Col­lege High School in Tow­son and then join the Army.

“They would be lucky to have you, award win­ning that you are now,” Har­gens said.

 ??  ?? Avery Carter stands with his award cer­tifi­cate out­side of St. Luke’s Catholic School
Avery Carter stands with his award cer­tifi­cate out­side of St. Luke’s Catholic School
 ??  ?? Carter’s win­ning de­sign will be used in many dif­fer­ent ways by the Arch­dio­ce­ses of Baltimore this year.
Carter’s win­ning de­sign will be used in many dif­fer­ent ways by the Arch­dio­ce­ses of Baltimore this year.

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