District 63 names Winter Card Design Contest winners
During its Dec. 5 meeting, East Maine School District 63's board of education recognized the eight finalists in the district's 2019 Winter Card Design Contest.
Top honors went to Gemini Middle School eighth-grader Maryann Zamora, a Des Plaines resident, whose beautiful winter scene featuring a friendly snowman is featured on this year's District 63 winter card.
District 63's card design contest -- now in its fourth year -- is a chance for all students, K-eighth grade, to submit a winter design and vie for the chance to adorn the district card, which is mailed to more than 300 community leaders, parent leaders, elected officials and donors.
Fifty-four students -- representing all six District 63 schools -- submitted entries. District administrators and other District 63 staff judged the pieces "blindly," without knowing student names or schools.
Best in Grade winners were:
• Kindergarten: Mehaa Saravanan, Des Plaines, Mark Twain School
• First grade: Anna Paskova, Des Plaines, Mark Twain School
• Second grade: Krutanjali Patel, Morton Grove, Melzer School
• Third grade: Julie Lov, Morton Grove, Melzer School
• Fourth grade: Dev Darbar, Niles, Nelson School
• Fifth grade: Annmary Jaimy, Morton Grove, Melzer School
• Sixth grade: Samantha Shipkin, Glenview, Gemini Middle School
There were no seventh-grade entries.
All winners took home special certificates from the board, while Zamora received a frame featuring her artwork and certificate.
All 54 entries are on display at the Niles-Maine Public Library District, 6960 W. Oakton St., through December.
District 63 offers a rich educational setting with a multicultural perspective to 3,400 students in the diverse communities of Des Plaines, Niles, Glenview, Park Ridge, and Morton Grove.
Committed to teaching excellence that provides all students with the specific opportunities they need to succeed, the district's five elementary schools (K-5), and Gemini Middle School (6-8), First Steps Preschool, and Expanded Learning programs foster each student's academic, social, emotional, and behavioral growth and achievement.
Visit www.emsd63.org to learn more.