Students from Wilcox and Hanalei elementary schools topped the list of 14 winners from the annual Humane Society’s Student Art Contest.
The announcements were made Wednesday evening at a special reception for the winning artists and their parents at the Humane Society’s classrooms at the Kipu facility.
Joining the festivities, Regina and Craig Johns of Texas literally sweetened the pot by providing Lappert’s Ice Cream certificates to the list of winnings for each of the artists.
“We couldn’t be here last year, but we’re glad to be part of this,” Craig Johns said. “This is a very worthwhile cause.”
Carol Everett, the humane society’s educational coordinator, said there were more than 1,200 entries for this year’s contest and selecting the final pieces was difficult, in light of the excellent material that was submitted.
She said the winning entries will be featured in the humane society’s 2007 14-month calendar with each student’s piece being featured per month.
Everett said the new calendars should be available sometime in October.
Additionally, the winning entries will be dry-mounted and hung on the walls of the humane society’s classrooms until the next crop of winners are selected.
“If we had our way, we would do a 1,200-page calendar,” said Dr. Becky Rhodes, the humane society’s director. “But unfortunately, that can’t be, so we had the hard job of trying to decide which pieces would be selected.”
Eva Wilson, Ashley Lucas and Taylor Barroga were named the winners from Wilcox School.
Gabriela Anakalea, Chelsea Jones and Athena Tangelder were the selected budding artists from Hanalei School.
Following the leaders, Kapa‘a Elementary School had two winners in Jessica Ofamin Manzano, a third-grader, and Ian Nartatez, a fourth-grader.
Jenefer Razos, a seventh-grader at Kapa‘a Middle School joined Tasha Rames of Kapa‘a High School as winners.
Siri Wood, an eighth-grader, and Nadja VonZychinsky, a sixth-grader, were winners from Kula School.
Mae Anne Buyat, a fourth-grader from ‘Ele‘ele School, and Shianne Kealoha Schorr, a fifth-grader from Kalaheo School, rounded out the winners.
All of the artists received a humane society T-shirt and the Lappert’s Ice Cream certificate as part of their winnings.
Additionally, Everett made available fliers for the humane society’s Critter Camp which is open to fourth- and fifth-grade students.
Deadline for registering for the camp is May 21 due to the limited number of students that will be in each camp.
Camp sessions run from June 11 to 15 and June 25 to 29, with the goal of teaching children about compassion and respect for the world around them.
This is done through a rewarding experience working with animals and learning about their welfare, helping campers to make responsible decisions regarding the animals and people in their lives.
To learn more, call 632-0610, ext. 103.