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Mayor announces card contest winners

CHAT: Lincoln Elementary School’s winner, second-graderBraiden Graham, sits with Mayor Brooks Fetters and explainsthe Christmas lights design on his Christmas card submission.

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@h-ponline.com

Mayor Brooks Fetters made his rounds to three elementary schools on Wednesday, to congratulate the winners of his annual Christmas Card Contest.

This was the sixth year for the contest, something Fetters said he started when he got the idea from a seminar in Indianapolis.

“I thought it was a great way to engage community kids in the spirit of the season, to help promote arts in our schools and in our community, and it’s been a lot of fun,” Fetters said. “I’ve got a collection of all six of the cards now in my office. It’s always fun every year to see what the kids come up with.”

First- and second-grade classes at Horace Mann Elementary School, Huntington Catholic Elementary School and Lincoln Elementary participated this year.

Fetters said they had around 300 entries this year, all of which were judged by the board of the Lafontaine Arts Council. The council then chose a winner from each school and an overall winner of the contest.

Winners from each school were presented a special certificate that has a print of their Christmas card design and a congratulations from the Mayor. The overall winner was presented with a framed print of their design and the Mayor will use the design for his Christmas card this year.

Those who participated in the contest also received a certificate of appreciation from the Mayor.

This year’s winner from Horace Mann is second-grader Madilyn Hicks; Huntington Catholic’s winner is second-grader Gavin Sink; and Lincoln Elementary School’s winner is second-grader Braiden Graham.

The overall winner of the 2018 contest is Horace Mann’s first grader Collin Flowers.

“This little guy Collin Flowers, he has a picture of Rudolph the reindeer and it says ‘Merry Christmas,’” Fetters explained. “We’ve got the open house for the city’s Christmas party on Dec. 6 from 4-6 p.m., the community is invited and Collin and his family are going to stop and be there for a little bit so we’ll celebrate Collin’s card.”

The participants’ cards can be viewed in the Huntington City Building, where they will be on display for the Christmas season.