Hancock County young artists show their talent through art contest
This past spring, Hancock County hosted a Kids’ Art Competition in partnership with Greenfield Community, Hancock Health and Healthy365 Connection Center. The themes for the art contest were community, kindness and unity. Artists in grades kindergarten through 12 were encouraged to explore their thoughts, emotions and ideas about Hancock County and how we incorporate kindness into our community.
“We were excited to be a part of this fantastic competition and are honored to display the artwork of our youngest community residents,” says Hancock Health CEO Steve Long. “It is a cheerful symbol of hope that both our staff and patients could use at this time.”
More than 140 art entries were submitted, with winning students representing every school district throughout Hancock County. There was an overall winning entry, along with second- and third-place winners for each of the six age groups (kindergarten-second grade, third-fourth grade, fifth-sixth grade, seventh-eighth grade, freshman-sophomore, and junior-senior). The entries were judged by a distinguished panel from the Leadership Hancock County program based on three criteria: execution, uniqueness, and artistry of concept. In addition, a People’s Choice award signified the “best of the best” – artwork was posted on the Greenfield Community Facebook page for community voting.
Art Contest Winners
Age group winners were invited to an art show and awards ceremony on May 18, 2022, where they received Boomerang “cinch sacks” filled with art supplies along with a cash prize. The winning submissions are now on long-term display at Hancock Regional Hospital and at the Healthy365 Connection Center. We are excited to highlight our Kids’ Art Contest winners in this month’s Boomerang issue.
1st place winners
- Marmina Rafael (Gr K-2)*
- Abigail Wasson (Gr 3-4)
- Camilla Aldridge (Gr 5-6)
- Fallyn White (Gr 7-8)*
- Penelope Dearth (Gr 9-10)*
- Brianna McConnell (Gr 11-12)
2nd place winners
- Johnny Mackey (Gr K-2)
- Avery Breberich (Gr 3-4)
- Dellen Douglass (Gr 5-6)
- Kennedy Tooke (Gr 7-8)
- Grace Combs (Gr 9-10)
3rd place winners
- Paisley Fields (Gr K-2)
- Kaylee Ford (Gr 3-4)
- Quinn Muterspaugh (Gr 5-6)
- Madi Moss (Gr 7-8)
- Savanah Hardin (Gr 9-10)
*The top 15 artist entries were also posted on the Greenfield-Community Facebook page for a People’s Choice award. Page followers selected Marmina Rafael’s contest submission for first place, Fallyn White for second and Penelope Dearth for third.
Classroom Grants for Art Contest Winners
Winning entries that were submitted through a local classroom also earned a special $500 supply grant for their teachers. Educators who received grants were:
- Jessica Buell (Gr K-2 at Mount Vernon)
- Laura Salee (Gr K-4 art at Greenfield-Central)
- Lyndsay Ortwein (Gr K-2 at Greenfield-Central)
- Lydgia Palmer (Gr 3-4 at Mount Vernon)
- Dawn Lowe (Gr 3-4 art at New Palestine)
- Donna Knecht-Strong (Gr 5-6 at Greenfield-Central)
- Jordan Sell (Gr 5-6 at Mount Vernon)
- Monica Holden (Gr 7-8 art at Greenfield-Central)
- Jeff Crague (Gr 7-8 at Mount Vernon)
- Steven Wheeler (Gr 9-10 art at Mount Vernon)
- Lisa Sears (Gr 11-12 at Greenfield-Central)
The art installation is now open to the public at Hancock Regional Hospital, located at 801 N State Street in Greenfield, IN. A special thank you to Greenfield Community, Hancock Regional Hospital, Healthy365 Connection Center and all of the Hancock County schools and foundations for making this Kids’ Art Contest possible!