Washington youth reacts to Christmas card contest victory


By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger

WASHINGTON — Complete silence was the reaction of 10-year-old Audrey Smith when she learned by phone that she was the winner of this year’s Catholic Messenger Christmas card contest.

The Messenger received 708 entries from students in grades K-6 attending Catholic schools, religious education classes or who are homeschooled.

Audrey, a fourth-grader at St. James Catholic School, said she was shocked but very excited to win the contest. She has entered before, but never won.


Her artwork features Mary holding the infant Jesus in an open stable with a red frame surrounding the scene. The idea came from a combination of three Christmas cards she had seen. “I took ideas from the different cards and added some color,” she said.

Audrey says she loves to do art — drawing, coloring, painting and more. “My desk in my room (at home) is covered in glitter,” she laughed.
Her teacher, Lori Fritz, encouraged the faith formation students to enter the contest. “We have done this for several years, but have never had a winner. We have had some students place in their grade division.”

“She wanted us to give it a go,” Audrey said.

The Messenger staff thanks all of the students who submitted their artwork for the contest. Judging from among all of the colorful selections was difficult.

Artwork from the runners’ up

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