WASHINGTON (May 1, 2006)—Students in Florida and Georgia took top prizes in the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) first ever Good News art contest.
The first place winner, receiving a $250 cash prize, is Dana Stockslager, age 11, from St. Joseph's School, Macon, GA. The second place winner, receiving $150, is Sofia Borges, 12, of St. Theresa School, in Coral Gables, Florida. The third place winner, receiving $100, is Amanda Aguero, 12, also a student at St. Theresa School.
There were 1,600 entries from students in first through sixth grades. Entrants were asked to share their vision of how Jesus would share the Good News today.
"The entries were very creative," said Ramon Rodriguez, CCC Director of Development. "It's encouraging that the children see Jesus as a part of their ordinary experience. Many drew Jesus at a computer, sending email, calling or text messaging on a cell phone. Several pictured Jesus as a guest on popular TV shows, at a football game, riding in a blimp at the beach, trailing an inspirational banner. Above all, the children's art clearly conveys Jesus' message that He loves each and every one of them."
The CCC thanked teachers and parents who helped the children submit their entries.
"We hope that this activity also helped families discover all the resources that CCC has to offer," said Rodriguez. "We plan to hold the contest again next year. Contest details will be posted on our website in September."
Winning entries can be seen at www.CatholicCommunicationCampaign.org
The Catholic Communication Campaign is an activity of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to develop media programming, public service announcements, and other resources to promote Gospel values. Donations from Catholic parishioners to the annual CCC collection make possible the work of the CCC.