By Anne Marie Amacher
IOWA CITY — Although he has a love for art, Justin Yim, 10, was stunned to hear he had won the annual Catholic Messenger Christmas card contest. His was among 527 entries submitted this year.
The Coralville fourth-grader at Regina Elementary School in Iowa City was nervous because he had been called to the office during class. When told he had a phone call, he was happy to learn he was not in trouble. Instead, the caller congratulated him for being the overall winner of the Christmas card contest.
Justin said his teacher told students to be creative in the contest. When he heard that the Christmas card should be religious in nature, he said he thought of the stars shining down on Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. He used a mix of pencil, colored pencil and watercolor paints for his winning picture.
Earlier this year, Justin won first place in the inter-school All Saints Day prayer card contest, sponsored by the Regina Foundation. “I’m just happy,” he said of his artistic successes.
Other winners in The Catholic Messenger Christmas card contest:
Kindergarten through second grade: first place, Madeline Fisher, 7, a second-grader at Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School in Muscatine; second place, Henri Gross, 6, a second-grader at Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School in Muscatine and member of Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish; third place, Hannah McVey, 7, a second-grader at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School in Davenport and member of St. Paul the Apostle Parish.
Third and fourth grade: first place, Kai Ju, 10, a fourth-grader at Regina; second place, Morgan Schroeder, 9, a fourth-grader at Notre Dame Elementary School in Burlington and member of Ss. John & Paul Parish in Burlington; third place, Kathryn Stephens, 10, a fourth-grader at Notre Dame and member of Ss. John & Paul Parish.
Fifth and sixth grade: first place, Claire Graham, 11, a sixth-grader at Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School in West Point and member of Holy Family Parish, Fort Madison; second place, Lily Rosenkoetter, 12, a sixth-grader at Notre Dame Middle/High School in Burlington and member of Ss. John & Paul Parish; third place, Kelsey Clarahan, 10, a fifth-grader at Regina and member of St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City.