Emily Haws, a seventh grade student at St. Brendan’s Catholic School in Ormond Beach, was named the winner of the Diocese of Orlando’s first Christmas Card Art Contest. Bishop John Noonan announced the winner and three runners up on Nov. 25.
Emily’s winning entry, “In the Manger,” created with India ink and watercolor, depicted the baby Jesus in a manger tenderly reaching out to a nearby donkey. The artwork was used on the cover of Bishop John Noonan’s 2014 Christmas card.
Carol Brinati, Chancellor for Administration of the Diocese of Orlando and one of the judges said, “All of the art submitted was extraordinary in its expression of faith. Ms. Haws’ art captures the starkness of the place of the birth of the Christ Child and the precious beauty of God’s wondrous gift of life bestowed upon us-Emmanuel-God with us.”
Bishop Noonan congratulated Emily, saying to her in a letter, “I have selected the beautiful image of the baby Jesus with a donkey in the stable for my Christmas card. You have depicted the Nativity season for the glory of God. I pray with gratitude for you and your family. May the Light of Christ illumine your heart this Advent Season.”
The contest was open to students in grades 6-12 in a Catholic school or parish. Students were invited to create an original 8-1/2” x 11” work of art using markers, crayon, colored pencils, paint, etc. Art created by the students depicted these Scripture passages:
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. (Luke 2:7)
The angel said to them, “I proclaim to you good news of great joy.” (Luke 2:10)
“For today in the city of David, a savior has been born.” (Luke 2:11)
“You will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12)
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace.” (Luke 2:14)
In all, 72 students representing 12 Catholic schools throughout the diocese entered, their work showcasing the wonderful, artistic gifts that God has bestowed upon them.
Claiming the runner-up spots were: Jack Denning, a seventh grader from St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Altamonte Springs for his color pencil/pastel creation; Olivia Pickering, an eighth grade student from St. Teresa Catholic School in Titusville for her watercolor piece; and Veronica Szoke for her art created with ballpoint pen, colored pencils and paint.