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Local students’ artwork earns spot on calendar

By The Mercury

Two local elementary students were among the winners and runners up for the Kansas Departments of Health and Environment’s 2012 “Kansas Don’t Spoil It!” calendar contest.

Emily Feng, a third grader at Northview Elementary School in Manhattan, won first place among Kansas third graders. Izabelle Cunningham, a sixth grader at St. George Elementary School, won second place among Kansas sixth graders.

Kim Adam, Northview art teacher, said she encouraged students to work on a drawing for the contest. Adam said Feng started her drawing in class and took it home for additional work.

“It’s very exciting,” Adam said. “She was a little shocked.”

Adams said it’s wonderful to see students apply their talents to projects outside of everyday assignments. 

The goal of the annual contest is to raise environmental awareness in elementary schools across the state. Adam said many of her students already had some knowledge of the subject.

“They already knew quite a bit about recycling,” Adam said. “They had some good ideas.”

The KDHE selected 13 students from across the state as winners in the contest. The winners, their families and teachers were invited to the unveiling of the calendar at the Kansas Statehouse on Wednesday.

Artwork from the second place winners will be featured on the back cover of the 2012 Calendar.

Starting in September, KDHE began receiving thousands of entries from students in grades kindergarten through high school. First and second place winners were chosen through online voting and are featured in the calendar.

The calendars will be distributed to Kansas schools, local governments and businesses.

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