Alvarez recognizes young artists
July 24, 2013 8:20AM
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (center) recently honored 13 local students for their award-winning artwork that will be featured in her office's calendar. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 5, 2013 6:10AM
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently honored 13 local students for their award-winning artwork that will be featured in her office’s 2014 calendar.
Among the students recognized were eighth-grader Taylor Reid and sixth-grader McKenzie Martin, who are both from Calvary Academy in South Holland.
The annual contest was open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in Cook County and 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.
The three first-place winners received scholarships from the School of the Art Institute.
ABC7 Chicago co-anchor Alan Krashesky served as emcee for the awards ceremony at the National Museum of Mexican Art.
The 13 winning posters can be viewed at statesattorney.org.