WASHINGTON —Students in New Jersey, Florida, and Indiana took top prizes in the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) Good News art contest.
The first place winner, receiving a $250 cash prize, is Amber Romero, age 12, of Perth Amboy Catholic, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, of the Diocese of Metuchen. The second place winner, receiving $150, is Nina Doyle, age 12, of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Boca Raton, Florida, in the Diocese of Palm Beach. The third place winner, receiving $100, is Kaylee Slafkosky, age 12, of St. Mary's School, Crown Point, Indiana, in the Diocese of Gary. Eighteen students received honorable mention certificates, including six students from the Metuchen Diocese, three from the Diocese of Rockville Center, New York, and two from the Archdiocese of Miami.
The CCC asked children in grades one through six to select a medium and draw how Jesus would personally deliver the Good News.
Amber Romero depicted a young girl listening to Jesus on an iPod saying, "Good News…. I love you with all my heart and you should love everyone the same way." Nina Doyle presented Jesus in a pop-up ad on the computer: "This is NOT a virus! To hear the good news of Jesus click the `Next' button." Kaylee Slafkosky drew a young person at the computer reading a message from Jesus that was being sent to many lands. The children's artwork showed Jesus delivering his message via blimps, planes, fancy cars and boats. They portrayed him preaching at Mass, at a rock concert, and simply knocking on the door.
"Media plays an integral part in our children's lives, and they see Jesus as part of that experience," said Ramón Rodriguez, CCC director of development. "The children's art clearly conveys Jesus' message that He loves each and every one of them."
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.