Budding artists at Colby win in region
The Colby School announced this week that two of their students, Emily Paul and Alex Pack, were selected as regional winners in the Utah Arbor Day Poster Contest for 2006.
The two girls received a $50 U.S. savings bond and a free T-shirt. Their entries will advance to the state level where the grand prize winner will have their poster mass produced and be awarded a $100 U.S. savings bond.
"I’m really thrilled. I knew the students had some strong skills in art, but you never know what the judges are looking for," said art teacher Liz Sprackland.
She added the contest integrated art and science because her students had to study trees before starting on their project.
This year’s theme for the annual contest was, "Tree’s are terrific in all shapes and sizes," and had to appear on all of the entries.
As students created their posters they knew they would be judged on how well the theme was used in the poster, originality, composition, color, and technique.
Colby School held a contest in each grade level, and those winners advanced to the regional competition. The winners in K-6, starting with kindergarten, are: Sasha Yaworsky, Lily Slaughter, Caity Kwun, Dana Fulmer, Paul, Mary Dunford, and Pack.
These students competed in the eastern region competition which covers the following counties: Summit, Wasatch, Duchesne, Daggett, Uintah, Carbon, Emery, Grand, Wayne, and San Juan.
Colby is the only school in the state of Utah to have two regional winners.
"The Colby School is very proud of all the participants, but especially these two young artists who really showed their personal best. Both students were very dedicated and are excellent artists," Sprackland said.
Alex Pack’s mother, Mary Ann, said she was impressed with her daughter’s achievement.
"It’s just great, she’s been an artist her whole life," Mary Ann said.
Creating the poster was fun, said Alex.
"What I drew was just a bunch of different trees and a moose and some stuff like that," she said, "I just chose a lot of things that I see in nature here in Park City a lot."
Alex created her poster using oil pastels and wasn’t expecting to take first in the region.
"I was really surprised because I didn’t really think I was going to win there were a lot kids that entered," she said.
Art and PE are Alex’s favorite subjects in school and she spends a lot of her free time drawing and sketching.
Paul was excited about her victory.
"I feel really great! I really like art and I’m glad I won," she said.
While she was making her poster a lot of people complimented Paul’s work and she began to think she had a shot at winning.
"I was nervous because there are a lot of good artists in my class," she said.
Paul loves art and say her bedroom walls are covered with pictures she has done.
"Maybe I’ll put it in a frame on my wall," she said of her winning entry.
An artist since the age of 2, Paul likes to draw, with her favorite being animals.
"I try to shade them the best I can," she said.
The young artist was grateful to Sprackland for her guidance.
"She’s a really good teacher because she gives you ideas, she’s really inspiring," Paul said.
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