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What's Great About My Country

What’s your favorite thing about this great country of ours? This was the question posed as the theme for the annual Cooperative Living magazine youth art contest, and wow, did we get some amazing work!

From all across Virginia, children answered the call for contest entries. Young artists offered their interpretations of what they love most about America — from freedom of religion to wildlife — in an expansive array of colorful, creative talent.

Our panel of judges notoriously has a difficult task, and this year was no exception! Judging is done by blind ballot, so even our judges look forward to the revelation of competition results. This year’s best-in-show accolades went to Tessa Bennett, a fourth-grader from Fairfield, Va. Tessa will receive a check for $100, and first-place winners in each grade will receive $25. Winning entries are showcased on the following pages, and honorable mentions are listed as well. So without further adieu, we present our 2010 Cooperative Living Youth Art Competition results ...

Editors note: We had several excellent entries done in horizontal format that had to be eliminated. Contest specifications required entries to be in vertical format.

 

KINDERGARTEN: FIRST PLACE

Kyle Upton of Stafford

 

 KINDERGARTEN: SECOND PLACE

Christian Kizer of Newsoms

 

KINDERGARTEN: THIRD PLACE

Grant McDaniel of Ruckersville

 

FIRST GRADE: FIRST PLACE

  Ciara May Switzer of Bethesda, Md.

 

FIRST GRADE: SECOND PLACE

Diana Ene of Manassas

 

 

FIRST GRADE: THIRD PLACE

  Lauren Gogal of Haymarket

 

SECOND GRADE:  FIRST PLACE

Tabitha Robinson of King George

 

SECOND GRADE: SECOND PLACE

Skylar Jackman of Fredericksburg

 

SECOND GRADE: THIRD PLACE

Angelina Geynovich of Mount Salon

 

 

THIRD GRADE:  FIRST PLACE 

Gene Flecker of Locust Grove

 

THIRD GRADE: SECOND PLACE Brendan Gogal of Haymarket

 

 

THIRD GRADE: THIRD PLACE      

Adrianna Rippon of Belle Haven

 

FOURTH GRADE: FIRST PLACE  

Malvina Geynovich of Mount Salon

FOURTH GRADE: SECOND PLACE

Jamie Lee of South Riding

FOURTH GRADE: THIRD PLACE      Caleb Simmons of Mount Solon

 

FIFTH GRADE: FIRST PLACE

Joseph Gogal of Haymarket

 

FIFTH GRADE: SECOND PLACE

Brady Blenkenship of Powhatan

 

FIFTH GRADE: THIRD PLACE

Carol Victor of Woodbridge

 

BEST IN SHOW: Tessa Bennett of Fairfield (Fourth Grade)

 

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