Published Thursday, April 12, 2012
Winners of the youth multimedia art contest sponsored by Catholic Campaign for Human Development were announced March 24 at a reception held at the Atlanta Chancery offices.
Pinecrest Academy senior Sarah Stubbs (“Wall of Ignorance”) and Gina Valecruz, an eighth-grader at St. Jude School (“Digging Up Issues of Poverty”), were named the local grand-prize winners, and their works will be submitted to the national contest in Washington, D.C.
The theme for this year’s contest was “Faith in Action! Uproot Poverty Together!” The 33 students who submitted entries represented four schools in the archdiocese: Our Lady of Mercy High School, Fayetteville; Pinecrest Academy, Cumming; St. Jude School, Atlanta; and Queen of Angels School, Roswell. There were also several entries from homeschooled students.
Other awards at the archdiocesan level were awarded in two groups.
For grades seven to nine, the first place award went to Gisele Schemankewitz, “The Burden She Must Carry,” St. Jude (8th grade); second place to Samantha Hentz, “Poverty Is Real,” Queen of Angels (8th grade); third place to Brianna Yates, “Citizens Committed to Ending Poverty,” St. Jude (8th grade); honorable mention to Robert Solomon, “Uprooting Poverty,” homeschooled (8th grade); and honorable mention to Mathew Gutman, “Waking Up One Day,” St. Jude (8th grade).
For grades nine to 12, the first place award went to Kristen Nelson, “Not Black and White,” Pinecrest Academy (12th grade); second place to Emily Gomes, “Uproot Poverty Together,” Our Lady of Mercy (10th grade); third place to Danny Dwyer and Emily Longino, “New Life Through Action,” Our Lady of Mercy (11th grade); and honorable mention to Jamila Johnson, “HOPE,” Our Lady of Mercy (12th grade).
Stubbs and Valecruz will compete at the national level, where winners will be selected by the national CCHD office. The national grand-prize winner will receive a $500 cash award and a $500 gift to be designated in the winner’s name to a CCHD-funded group of her or his choice. The national grand prize will be awarded at the annual conference sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, with all expenses paid for the winner and an accompanying adult to attend the awards ceremony. Second and third prizes and honorable mentions, including a monetary prize and matching grant for a CCHD-funded group, may also be awarded for each age category.
Life Teen Mission District contributed prizes for the local winners.