By Barb Arland-Fye
Seven-year-old Anabel Cunningham, the youngest child of an art teacher and an artist, has submitted the winning entry for the 2012 Catholic Messenger Christmas card contest.
The second-grader at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton expressed thanks for the honor and said drawing is among her favorite things to do.
Judges chose her Nativity scene from among 385 pictures submitted by children in grades kindergarten through six throughout the Davenport Diocese. Anabel’s choice of images, colors and textures emphasized the peace, joy and hope of Christmas. The picture appears on this week’s front page of The Catholic Messenger’s Christmas edition and on Christmas cards that the newspaper sends to various individuals and organizations.
“Anabel really, really is excited about this. I’m so proud of her for working so hard and actually going above and beyond and doing a little extra,” said her mom, Sherri Cunningham. “This is wonderful that we can be a part of our Catholic faith and share our talents!”…
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Here is a list of students who submitted winning entries in The Catholic Messenger Christmas Card Contest for 2012. (See their designs here.)
Overall winner: Anabel Cunningham, 7, second grade, Prince of Peace Catholic School, Clinton.
Kindergarten-second grade: First place — Piper Wiesner, 7, second grade, Prince of Peace. Runners-up — Ava Walker, 7, first grade, St. James Catholic School, Washington; Jaxon Dehner, 6, first grade, Prince of Peace.
Third-fourth grade: First place — Madeline Murphy, fourth grade, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School, Davenport. Runners-up — Joy Casaneda, 8, third grade, St. James; Isaac Blandin, 9, fourth grade, St. Joseph School, DeWitt.
Fifth-sixth grade: First place — Chloe Ciecko, fifth grade, Notre Dame Elementary School, Burlington. Runners-up — Trevor Quigley, 10, fifth grade, St. James; Josh Caruso, 11, sixth grade, Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School, West Point.