The month of December is that traditional time of year to extend good wishes and season’s cheer. As Superintendent Robert Avossa prepares to send out his holiday greeting cards, some soon-to-be-known local artists’ works are gracing the covers.
The 2017 Superintendent Holiday Greeting Card contest winners have been chosen, representing one student from each of the elementary, middle and high school levels. The defining theme for the artistic competition was for students to depict their interpretation of the winter season in a unique geography like Florida.
The high school representative, Antonio Ruiz, is an eleventh grader attending Lake Worth Community High School. Antonio created a unique beach scene with a snowman constructed of sand, looking out onto a serene sunset that can only be found certainly on the (West) coast of Florida.
Isabella Lobo, from Christa McAuliffe Middle School, was chosen in the grade six through eight category with a portrait of Mr. & Mrs. Snowman, happily posing for a photo on a beach with nothing but soft blue skies and distinctly happy photobombing shark on the horizon.
Julia M. Corro, a fourth grader at Pine Jog Elementary, created one of the most unique entries, using a mixed medium of cut out newspapers to recreate leafless trees, adorned with snow in the background.
The students have done an exceptional job in rising to this challenge, under the guidance and support of their terrific art teachers. At the next School Board meeting, on December 13, Dr. Avossa will celebrate their achievement, and each of the students and teachers will be recognized with a printed version of their Seasons Greeting cards, and posters will be on display for everyone to see.
The contest was open to all students throughout the District, and entries were sent from nearly every school. Edrick Rhodes, K-12 Arts Education Program Planner, and Barbara Brubaker, an Arts Integration Resource Teacher, provided every art teacher in the School District with the guidelines for entry and helped in the process of determining the ultimate finalists that were presented to the Superintendent.