CHICAGO | Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently honored 13 local students for their award-winning artwork that will be featured in the state’s attorney’s 2014 calendar.
Among the students recognized were eighth-grader Taylor Reid and sixth- grader McKenzie Martin, both from Calvary Academy in South Holland.
The annual contest, which is open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in Cook County, asked students to depict positive alternatives to drug use. The 13 winners were chosen from more than 700 entries submitted from public, private and parochial schools throughout the county.
“These students showed talent and wisdom beyond their years with their artistic displays that illustrate the consequences of drug use and also show positive alternatives,” Alvarez said. “I want to thank all the students who submitted entries to the contest. They are all to be commended for their hard work and creative efforts.”
In addition to having their artwork appear in the state’s attorney’s 2014 calendar, the winners received numerous other prizes, and the three first-place winners received scholarships from the School of the Art Institute.
The awards ceremony took place on May 15= at the National Museum of Mexican Art and ABC 7 co-anchor Alan Krashesky served as master of ceremonies for the event.
The 13 winning posters can be viewed on the state’s attorney’s website: www.statesattorney.org.