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NHCS Students Earn Azalea Festival 2018 Youth Art Awards

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Congratulations to the New Hanover County Schools students for their outstanding entries in the 2018 Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest. They will be recognized on Tuesday, March 6th at a special ceremony being held in the Laney High School Media Center, located at 2700 N. College Road at 6:00 p.m.:

K-2 Elementary School Division:

2nd place - Nina Crittenden, 2nd grade, Wrightsville Beach Elementary, “Walking Through the Azalea Festival”
3rd place - Ella Dudley, 1st grade, Carolina Beach Elementary, “Azaleas Monet Style”

3-5 Elementary School Division:

1st place - Julianna Dickerson, 5th grade, Blair Elementary, “A Peaceful Moment for the Queen”
3rd place - Vinny Bisconti, 5th grade, Parsley Elementary
Honorable Mention - Kaylee Brown, 3rd grade, Castle Hayne Elementary, “Azalea Bloom”
Honorable Mention - Isybilla Gee, 5th grade, Parsley Elementary, “Fireworks”
Honorable Mention - Josiah Siegart, 5th grade, Holly Tree Elementary, “Azalea Belle”

Middle School Division:

1st place - Kate Spivey, 6th grade, Noble Middle “Azalea Belle”
3rd Place - Malia Womble, 6th grade, Myrtle Grove Middle, “Boxer on the Bridge”

High School Division:

1st Place - Katherine Neilsen, 11th grade, Laney High, “A Night on the River”
Runner-up - Karleigh Kolander, 10th grade, Laney High, “Blooming Belle”

These students’ artwork were selected from an impressive pool of almost 400 entries from elementary, middle, and high school students across the state. If you would like copies of the winning artwork for display at your school, please contact Stephanie Kraybill at

The North Carolina Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest presented by Coastal Children’s Services is an annual art contest showcasing the amazing artistic talents of the youth in our community. Each year, over 300 area public, private, and home-schooled elementary, middle school, (and new in 2018) high school students submit their artwork to the contest, illustrating the traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival that mean the most to them. The winning artists (and second and third place students) in all divisions receive various notable prizes, and some schools are even treated to a visit from the Azalea Festival Official Artist. Top place artists in each division will have their work showcased in the Azalea Festival Souvenir Book, and are invited to Raleigh to attend the Governor’s Press Conference with the Azalea Festival entourage. The top 15 entries in each division are exhibited during the Azalea Festival at the Community Arts Center in the Historic Hannah Block USO Building. These artists also receive a complimentary ticket to the April Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (TACT) production.

Posted: 03/06/18