Student artists show ‘Respect for animals’

KIPU — Selecting 14 winners out of a field of more than 1,400 entries is a big task.

But Becky Rhoades and Carol Everett of the Kaua‘i Humane Society were undaunted by the project and on Wednesday afternoon, the 14 winners were presented.

Student winners were given an opportunity to show off their winning pieces to proud parents and relatives before exchanging the artwork for a humane society T-shirt and the honor of having their work hang in the humane society’s classroom for the next year.

Additionally, the students’ work will be the basis of the humane society’s 2009 calendar which will be released in the fall.

“The calendar is a very successful program,” Rhoades said. “It’s so successful that there are other places on the Mainland that are starting to do this type of calendar.”

Wendy Benton, an art teacher at Kapa‘a Elementary School was especially proud that five of the 14 winners were Kapa‘a elementary students: first-grader Paris Tengelder, second-grader Reis Nakamura, third-grader Alaya Mallas, and fourth-graders Zoe Nickas and Chaelyn Chand.

Hanalei School and ‘Ele‘ele School each had two winners, Jordan Fleming in kindergarten and Nick Hunter in the fourth grade, who was so excited upon being named he literally forgot to bring his piece to show the audience.

Felix McPartland, first-grader at Kula Elementary, and Valesha Maloney, third-grader at King Kaumualii, rounded out the elementary school division winners.

Courtney Guirao and Mariah Paiste, both Waimea Canyon Middle School students, were the winners in that division.

Mollie Connelly, a Waimea High School student, was the sole high school winner.

Everett said all the student winners will be receiving a copy of the calendar and note cards when they are released in the fall.

The theme of this year’s contest was Respect for Animals.

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