Carolina Elementary’s Claire Smith wins 2018 DCSD Holiday Card Art Contest

Carolina Elementary’s Claire Smith wins 2018 DCSD Holiday Card Art Contest
Posted on 10/23/2018
Claire SmithHARTSVILLE, S.C. – Christmas came a little early for Claire Smith, a first grader at Carolina Elementary School. The Darlington County School District (DCSD) announced Smith as the winner of the 2018 Holiday Card Art Contest.

Smith painted a decidedly cheerful reindeer boasting purple eyes against a starlit blue backdrop. Employees in DCSD’s Administrative Offices voted Smith’s painting the winner from amongst nine finalists, all submitted by art teachers.

Smith will receive a certificate, $50 and a packet of holiday cards featuring her painting. She will also be invited to visit the Darlington County Institute of Technology to watch the holiday cards being printed. The Darlington County Board of Education will recognize Smith at a future meeting. Smith’s art teacher, Rita Szigeti, will receive $100 for art supplies for Carolina Elementary School.

Eight other finalists were selected for this year’s competition. They are:

• Charlie Davis, First Grade, Cain Elementary School
• Derrika Graham, Second Grade, Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School
• Neleh James, 5K, Pate Elementary School
• McKenzie King, First Grade, Thornwell School for the Arts
• Emmalin Rae Melton, Second Grade, Washington Street Elementary School
• Artez Steele, Second Grade, St. John’s Elementary School
• Kathryn “Lizzy” Steen, Second Grade, North Hartsville Elementary School
• Journey Thomas, Second Grade, Lamar Elementary School

Next year, students in grades 3-5 will able to participate in the holiday card art contest.