Thursday evening was a night that young artists got to show off their skills at the Youth Art Contest 2018 held at the Badlands Community Facility.

November 8, the Drumheller and Area ASSET Coalition held an art show for young artists from grade 3-12.  This art gala showed off the mind-bending, thought-provoking and skill challenging art pieces that students from Morrin, Carbon and Delia.

"They can enter categories in the make the most of you, make the most of your family and make the most of your community," explained organizer and REACH Wellness Worker, Katie Suntjens. "They can entire anything that would go into any of those categories. Then we asked them to tell us a story about their art and we have those hanging up with their art as well in the gallery."

The Youth Art Contest gallery will be available to view at the BCF until November 14, 2018.

All of the art pieces were worthy of praise but it proved that one towered over all of them. Young Owen Phoenix, a grade 5 student from Morrin School, welded a flower together from scratch and then painted the metal project with the colors of a bright right flower.

"Well, I just think they're all just really good. They all took a lot of time," said Phoenix, who won multiple awards throughout the evening.gmgala (1)People’s Choice Award – voted on by Event Attendees Winner – Owen Phoenix, Morrin School

The event was a mixture of Alberta Health Services and the Drumheller and Area ASSET Coalition's efforts to bring awareness to Addictions Prevention Week.

"It's all student artwork. It has expanded a bit and is open to youth from Drumheller, Carbon, Deila and Wheatland County," said Suntjens. "The first year we had 32 entries, last year we had 51 and this year we have 50."

The overall results for the evening are displayed below:

Elementary Best Overall: Tia Van Bavel, Carbon School
 
Make the Most of You:  First Place: Owen Phoenix, Morrin School
 
Honorable Mention:  Brody Nyrerod McKay, Morrin School
 
Make the Most of Your Family:  First Place: Kate Rice, Carbon School

Honorable Mention:  Lexy Neill, Morrin School
 
Make the Most of Your Community:  Tia Van Bavel, Carbon School
 
Junior High Best Overall: Austin Armstrong, Morrin School
 
Best in Category Make the Most of You:  Meghan McNaughton, Morrin School

Make the Most of Your Family:  First Place: Nathan Reding, Delia School
 
Prize Winners Honorable Mention: Autumn Trout, Delia School
 
Make the Most of Your Community:  First Place: Taylor Macfarlane, Morrin School
 
Honorable Mention:  Belle Stanger, Delia School

Classroom Prize - $200 Visa Card Carbon School Staff: Jennifer Walker-Aoki

People’s Choice Award – voted on by Event Attendees Winner –  Owen Phoenix, Morrin School

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