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St. Joseph Academy student takes first place in 2016 KYTC Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest

NKyTribune staff

Northern Kentucky was well-represented in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2016 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest.

Stella Skinner of St. Joseph Academy in Boone County won first place in the 12-14 age division in the KYTC Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest.

Stella Skinner of St. Joseph Academy in Boone County captured first place in the 12-14 age division.

Alyson Bowen and Hazel Hunt, also from St. Joseph Academy, took second and third place, respectively, in the 5-8 age division.

Emily Cornett and Jeff Schraer, both of Williamstown Independent Schools in Grant County took second and third place, respectively, in the 15-18 age division.

Students from Greenwood High School in Warren County, Warner Elementary in Jessamine County and Joe Harrison Carter Elementary in Monroe County also captured first place honors in the KYTC contest.

“Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest,” Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas said. “This year’s winners did a masterful job using their talent and creativity to capture Kentucky’s natural beauty and delivered powerful messages about the importance of keeping our state clean.”

Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest winners (click to enlarge).

The winner in each of four age divisions will receive a $100 gift card, while second and third-place finishers will receive a $50 gift card. First through third-place recipients for all age groups will receive framed prints of their posters. KYTC frames and displays the original artwork in the Transportation Cabinet’s conference center in Frankfort. Additionally, the winning artwork will be featured in the Adopt-a-Highway program’s calendar which will be available in July for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt-a-Highway program received 1,588 entries from students throughout the Commonwealth for the 2016 contest.

“I thank every student who entered this year’s contest,” Secretary Thomas said. “Selecting winners from such a large pool of remarkable entries was not an easy task for the judges. Kentuckians should be proud of the artistic talent and hard work of all of the students who took time to illustrate the value of a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet program that makes our state shine through the efforts of volunteers.”

KYTC urges students and teachers to start early on the 2017 art contest. The Cabinet will accept entries Sept. 1 – Oct. 31, 2017. Additional information and the 2017 art contest entry form can be found at http://transportation.ky.gov/Adopt-a-Highway/Pages/Events.aspx.

The Adopt-a-Highway program is a statewide volunteer effort to reduce roadside litter and to keep Kentucky’s highways beautiful. Litter-free roads promote a clean environment, foster civic pride and save taxpayer dollars. More information on Kentucky’s Adopt-a-Highway program can be found at http://transportation.ky.gov/Adopt-a-Highway.

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