Area youth artists honored by local college

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Winners in the 2009 Sisters of Providence Youth Art Contest included (ages 5-7) Claire Lueking, first, Celine Mitchell, second, Zachary Klug, third, and A.J. Strange, honorable mention, (ages 8-10) Camden Roembke, first, Adin Shepherd, second, Kaylen Woodard, third, and Lydia Delich, honorable mention, (ages 11-13) Sarah Horstman, first, Karah Ellis, second, Tina Hiatt, third, and Charlie Taylor, honorable mention, (ages 14-18) Jon Drobny, first, Kalea Ellis, second, Alison Nesbit, third, and Nichole Richey, honorable mention.

WEST TERRE HAUTE -- Area artists were honored during the Sisters of Providence Youth Art Contest reception March 5 in Providence Center at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Approximately 130 people attended the reception in O'Shaughnessy Dining Room.

This was the third year of the contest, which attracted 62 entries from the Wabash Valley.

This year's theme was "Touring St. Mary-of-the-Woods."

All youth ages 5-18 who reside in Vigo, Parke, Vermillion, Clay and Sullivan counties in Indiana and Clark, Edgar and Crawford counties in Illinois were eligible to enter. Each artist who entered the contest received a Certificate of Participation and ribbon.

Jackson Township Elementary first-grader Camden Roembke placed first in the 8-10-year-old division.

First- through third-place winners in four age categories received cash prizes, certificates and ribbons.

Those selected for honorable mention were presented with certificates and ribbons.

Cash awards were provided by Terre Haute Savings Bank, courtesy of Bart Colwell, bank CEO and president.

Cash awards of $75 each were given to first-place winners in the four age divisions. Each second-place artist received $50 while each third-place contestant received $25. Marty Woods, marketing director at the bank, presented the cash awards.

Jill Blunk, director of admission at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, presented $1,000 first-year tuition awards to each first-place winner in the four age divisions.

Youth may use those first-year tuition awards if they attend, as college freshmen, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and are students in either the traditional college program or the Woods External Degree program.

Terre Haute Children's Museum Executive Director Scott Williams provided each of the 16 art contest finishers with admission tickets to the museum.

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