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2007 Legacy Art Contest Winners Announced

Date: July 18, 2007

Contact: Veda McMullen, James City County Parks & Recreation Communications Coordinator

Phone: (757) 259-5415
Fax: (757) 259-5420


Seventeen local youth have left legacies of their own – they’re all winners in James City County’s 2007 Legacy Art Contest. Local youth in grades 4-12, in both public and private schools, were invited to participate in the art project designed to bring the community together through the love and enjoyment of art while learning more about the County’s history. The youth were asked to create artwork in any medium commemorating America’s 400th Anniversary.


Top honors were awarded to eight students during a recognition ceremony held June 1 at 2007 Legacy Hall. A panel of art professionals served as judges with three winners announced in each of the competing grade categories:


Pictured: Receiving honors for their 2007 Legacy Artwork are (front, l-r): Amanda Keane with “An Open Doorway,” Katherine Twiford with the “The Arrival,” and Mary Catherine Duke with “An Indian Village.” (Back, l-r): Ned Cheely, Director of James City County Parks and Recreation and County Administrator Sandy Wanner made presentations and awarded the prizes. Not pictured: Nick Felthem (4th grade, 2nd place); Erin Gillespie (6th grade, 2nd place); Emily Smith (7th grade, 3rd place) and Mandy Bowers (9th grade, 1st place).


Grades 4/5:
First Place: Katherine Twiford - 5th grade
Title: “The Arrival” representing the settlers first reaching the New World.

Second Place: Nick Felthem- 4th grade
Title: “The Beginning” representing more ships coming over with more food and settlers.

Third place (Tie): Mary Catherine Duke- 4th grade
Title: “An Indian Village.” and
Carlie Massie- 4th grade
Title: “Sunset on the River.”
Grade 6-8
First place: Amanda Keane - 7th grade
Title: “An Open Doorway” representing two countries becoming one with the three ships, it shows a young boy looking up in awe at it all.

Second Place: Erin Gillespie - 6th grade
Title: “Nations United” representing the coming together of three cultures.

Third place: Emily Smith - 7th grade
Title: “The Settlement” representing the settlement of Jamestown, Colony Settlers.
Grades 9-12
First Place (one winner): Mandy Bowers - 9th grade
Title: “Chepsin!” which means land in Algonquin language according to John Smith. Represents the ship’s first sight of the James River’s mouth.


The artwork will be on display in the fall at the James City County Government Complex, 101 Mounts Bay Road in Building F.


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