Carroll wins statewide calendar contest

June 14th, 2007    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

The artwork design of Pattison Elementary fifth-grader Sydney Carroll captured first place for Clermont County in this year’s Ohio Children’s Trust Fund child abuse prevention calendar art contest.

Sponsored by Clermont County Family & Children First, the calendar art coloring contest was open to fifth-graders in all of Ohio’s 88 counties; Sydney took the top prize in Clermont.

The top 12 statewide designs, one for each month of the year, were chosen from hundreds of received entries.

The unique design that Sydney Carroll, 11, created was one of a rainbow and clouds.

Eleven-year-old Sydney Marie Carroll proudly displays the certificate of achievement earned from her first place victory in Clermont County in the Ohio Children
"I drew a rainbow and inside the rainbow were words that parents could use to help stop child abuse," she said in her Union Township home June 9. "I then drew clouds with pictures describing those ways to stop or prevent child abuse."

Some of those ways included serious conversations and parenting classes, she said.

Carroll, who was in Mrs. Slusher's fifth-grade class at Pattison and will begin sixth-grade in the Fall, received a $50 Toys R Us gift certificate as well as a pizza party for her class.

"The pizza party was a lot of fun and everyone had a great time," she said.

For capturing first place in the county, Sydney's artwork will, along with the 11 other fifth-grade finalists, be included in the 2008 Child Abuse Prevention Calendar.

Sydney and her parents have been invited to a Columbus luncheon next Spring where all 12 statewide winners will be recognized for the accomplishment.

Mother Janine Carroll said that they were impressed, proud, and tremendously excited about the recognition of their daughter's hard (and now award-winning) work on the project.

"Sydney had some great ideas for the calendar," she said. "She worked on the entire project completely all on her own. We did not even find out about it until she came home from school one day and informed us that she had qualified as one of the winners. The entire family is, of course, very proud of her."

Sydney, who loves to draw and has always been interested in art, said that winning first place in Clermont County and to have her artwork be included in next year's calendar "feels great."

Clermont County Family & Children First will have the 2008 calendars available for distribution in every county in the state by the end of the year.
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