Local artists shine in State Parks contest honoring Earth Day

Gabriel Sedrick of Festus Elementary School took first place for his Earth Day artwork in the first and second grade category.

Jefferson County artists demonstrated their talents in the virtual youth art contest sponsored by Missouri State Parks in honor of Earth Day in April.

In the first and second grade category, artwork by Gabriel Sedrock of Festus Elementary School was selected as the first place winner, and Lena Massa of Crystal City earned third place honors. Faith Dedson of Hillsboro won third place in the third and fourth grade division. Other winners from nearby Jefferson County included Emberly and Ellyn Drury of Bloomsdale, and Laila Underwood of Tiff.

A happy Earth was the focus of the artwork by Lena Massa from Crystal City Elementary School. Her effort earned a third place award in the first and second grade category.

Nearly 600 Missouri artists from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade entered the contest. Submissions came in a variety of media including finger paintings, pencil sketches, watercolors, 3-D models, and clay sculptures. A panel of judges selected the award winners in five categories. First-, second- and third-place winners receive medals, and honorable mention recipients were sent certificates.

The award-winning artwork can be viewed on the Missouri State Parks Facebook and Flickr pages, and will be displayed at the Missouri State Museum in the Capitol during September.

Published by John J. Winkelman

A freelance outdoor writer for more than 30 years

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