Feature Story                                                                                                  Saturday, March 23, 2013                      

Drawing Together Against Violence

Kids win big in art contest

Staff/Voice photos


MLA O'Mahony (L) and Anita Rogers with the first prize winner Sardis Secondary student HaeJoo Oh who won with her animation.

tudents who entered the Standing Together Media Contest had a 1-in-13 chance of winning a $1000. The odds were even better for the other cash prizes of $500 and $250.

Those were pretty good odds for the young artists who were asked to submit artwork depicting their feelings about violence in the community.

The contest was sponsored by Soroptimists International Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Hope MLA Gwen O'Mahony. Artwork was judged on International Women's Day. 

The thirteen art prodigies assembled at O'Mahony's office on Young Rd. last Saturday for the winner announcements and cash awards.

All of the art centered around the students' interpretation of violence in the community.

Kaitlyn Bouvette, 10, was presented with the Rick Hansen Community Champion award for being the youngest contestant and the first contestant to submit an entry.

"I don't think we could have pulled off what we did without the huge amount of  hard work and effort from Jennifer," said Soroptimists President Anita Rogers, before handing Woodroff a certificate of appreciation.

Local media outlets, excluding the Voice, were asked to judge the kid's artwork.

"They were impressed overall with what they saw, and so was I as your MLA. That's why there are awards here," O'Mahony said.


First prize was awarded to HaeJoo Oh, Grade 11, Sardis Secondary (animation).

Second Prize was awarded to Nadia Van Den Berg, Grade 11, Sardis Secondary (poetry/drawing).

Third Prize was awarded to Zoe Wieler, Grade 7, GW Graham Middle (mixed media drawing).




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