While looking for ways to encourage more students to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Cherokee County schools officials asked students for their help.
Last Monday, winners of a student contest to create posters and videos to inspire their peers to wear masks were surprised with the news of their wins, along with the prizes they earned.
“We received dozens of outstanding entries from our students promoting the importance of wearing masks at school during this pandemic,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting that entries were judged for message, quality and creativity. “Not only did they impress us with their creativity and skill, whether in drawing and painting or in scripting and filming, but they also expressed themselves clearly in their messaging as role models for their peers. Congratulations and thank you!”
Cherokee County students in grades 6-12 were invited to create and enter a short public service announcement-style video that educates students about the benefits of mask usage by students at school, and students in grades kindergarten through 12 were invited to design and enter a poster promoting the same message. The winning videos and posters will be used in schools and on school system websites and social media to promote student mask usage.
The first-place winners are: for the poster contest, elementary school — Keiko Bruno, Bascomb Elementary School, second grade; middle school — Zachary Gonzalez, E.T. Booth Middle School, eighth grade; high school — Katie LaCoco, Creekview High School, 10th grade; for the video contest, middle school — Chloe Feibus, Creekland Middle School, eighth grade; high school — Kara Simons, Creekview High School, 11th grade.
Hightower visited the winning students’ schools on Monday to present them with their prizes, paid for with donations from CCSD Partners. The video first-place winners each earned a $300 Amazon gift card, and the poster first-place winners each earned a $150 Amazon gift card. The poster winners also received framed copies of the poster featuring their winning design; posters are being printed for display in the appropriate grade-level schools districtwide.
The contest also recognized second-place winners: for the poster contest, elementary school — William Shaffer, Boston Elementary School, third grade; middle school — Emalee Bennett, Dean Rusk Middle School, eighth grade; high school — Chansia White, Woodstock High School, ninth grade; for the video contest, middle school — Adrian Shaffer, E.T. Booth Middle School, sixth grade; high school — Mary Grace Chandler, River Ridge High School, 12th grade. The video second-place winners each earned a $100 Amazon gift card, and the poster second-place winners each earned a $50 Amazon gift card. Second-place poster winners also received framed copies or their posters and will see their posters printed for display in their own school.
The students also will be congratulated with a virtual recognition by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s Feb. 11 meeting.