The Star Democrat

QA students sweep conflict resolution contest

- Katelyn Giardini, media specialist, GES

CENTREVILL­E — The Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office invites students annually to help promote peacemakin­g by submitting artwork for the 16th annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest.

The contest is open to all Maryland students in kindergart­en through eighth grade to help celebrate national Conflict Resolution Month in October and Conflict Resolution Day on Oct. 21, 2021.

This is a contest Queen Anne’s County Public Schools media specialist­s have been entering annually and for the third year straight their students swept the state awards winning a first place, second place, third place and five additional honorable mentions in K–2 and 3–5 prize categories.

For the contest, students were asked to create bookmarks with the theme of resolving or preventing conflicts. Topics included anything from peer mediation, respecting difference­s, talking things out, solving problems together, listening, inclusion, to creating alternativ­es to violence.

Sharon Murdoch, media specialist at Bayside Elementary had multiple winners this year.

“Peaceful conflict resolution is a crucial skill that is needed now more than ever,” Murdoch said. “I love how the contest gives me an opportunit­y to talk about this with students and help them learn to be peacemaker­s, and they love the opportunit­y to share in such a creative way what they have

learned with an authentic audience. I look forward to this contest every year, and I’m so proud of my students!”

Chrissy Clow, media specialist at Matapeake Elementary, shared similar sentiments and saw something special in the artwork of her second place award-winner.

“The principles of conflict resolution are so important,” Clow said. “The students took these strategies and ran with them. Every student had an amazing bookmark, but I remember Aliya’s standing out to me. Her artwork is so unique and the message she shared was inspiring.”

Katelyn Giardini, new media specialist at Grasonvill­e Elementary, was also beaming with pride. “I am very proud of Eleanor and Sarah for receiving honorable mention awards. Their craftsmans­hip and creativity within their bookmarks reflect the hard work and dedication they display in the Media Center. They are

talented young artists and great students,” she said.

Winning students, their families and their teachers were invited to an awards ceremony on Dec. 8 at the Maryland Judicial Center in Annapolis where they were celebrated by Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty. Submission­s were judged on both artistic merit and their

conflict resolution or prevention message. Student originalit­y is welcomed.

For each age group, the prize awards are $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. A selection of winning entries will be printed and distribute­d throughout Maryland to promote conflict resolution. Winners whose bookmarks are

selected for printing will receive copies of their own printed entry.

“The annual Conflict Resolution Day bookmark contest is a wonderful way to engage children in learning through art about resolving conflicts appropriat­ely and peacefully,” said Judge Getty. “The contest has garnered more than 10,000 entries over its 16year history.”

Danielle Lowe, new media specialist at Kent Island Elementary, had a first place award-winner and discussed how important school libraries are to schools.

“What many people don’t realize is that school libraries offer much more to their students and staff than just books,” Lowe said. “The media center is the heart of the school where everyone has an opportunit­y to get their creative juices flowing and find something that interests them. They can tinker and create with a makerspace activity. They can build robots, read about animals, work collaborat­ively with their classmates, design and publish their own comic strip with our many digital tools, and so much more. There’s no place I’d rather be than teaching in the library.”

“This contest has become a game changer for our students and school library media specialist­s.They do such an amazing job and it helps spread the perfect message of peace and love as we head into the holidays. Congrats to all our winners,” said Michael Bell, supervisor, Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.

List of 2021 QACPS statewide award winners, and their teachers:

Rhys Goodloe, Grade 2, Kent Island Elementary (1st place, K-2)

Danielle Lowe, media specialist, KIES

Aliya Nicholls, Grade 2, Matapeake Elementary (2nd place, K-2)

Chrissy Clow, media specialist, MES

Brenden Nguyan, Grade 4, Bayside Elementary (3rd place, 3-5)

Melody Ellis, Grade 3, Bayside Elementary (Honorable Mention, 3-5)

Maximos Piquero, Grade 5, Bayside Elementary (Honorable Mention, 3-5)

Amelia Martinez, Grade 5, Bayside Elementary (Honorable Mention, 3-5)

Sharon Murdoch, media specialist, BES

Sarah Baird, Grade 2, Grasonvill­e Elementary (Honorable Mention, K-2)

Eleanor Bradley, Grade 5, Grasonvill­e Elementary (Honorable Mention, 3-5)

 ?? CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTOS ?? Judge Joseph M. Getty, left, with Bayside Elementary student Maximos Piquero, who received an honorable mention in the 3-5 category.
CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTOS Judge Joseph M. Getty, left, with Bayside Elementary student Maximos Piquero, who received an honorable mention in the 3-5 category.
 ?? ?? Judge Joseph M. Getty, left, with Bayside Elementary student Brenden Nguyen, who took third place in the 3-5 category.
Judge Joseph M. Getty, left, with Bayside Elementary student Brenden Nguyen, who took third place in the 3-5 category.
 ?? ?? Kent Island Elementary student Rhys Goodloe, first place winner in the K-2 category, with media specialist Danielle Lowe.
Kent Island Elementary student Rhys Goodloe, first place winner in the K-2 category, with media specialist Danielle Lowe.
 ?? ?? Bayside Elementary media specialist Sharon Murdoch, left, with Amelia Martinez, honorable mention winner in the 3-5 category.
Bayside Elementary media specialist Sharon Murdoch, left, with Amelia Martinez, honorable mention winner in the 3-5 category.
 ?? ?? Matapeake Elementary media specialist Chrissy Clow, left, with Aliya Nicholls, who took second place in the K-2 category.
Matapeake Elementary media specialist Chrissy Clow, left, with Aliya Nicholls, who took second place in the K-2 category.
 ?? ?? Judge Joseph M. Getty, left, with Grasonvill­e Elementary student Eleanor Bradley, who received an honorable mention in 3-5 category.
Judge Joseph M. Getty, left, with Grasonvill­e Elementary student Eleanor Bradley, who received an honorable mention in 3-5 category.

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