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Three TJES students awarded in Youthworks Art contest
March 7, 2016


Theodore Jamerson Elementary School students grades 4 - 7 were asked to participate in the first ever UTTC Community and Youthworks “Giving Hearts Day” Art contest. With the theme of “hearts”, coinciding with the Giving Hearts Day campaign, the title of the contest was “What are you fighting for?”

Students gathered at an assembly March 1, 2016 in the multi-purpose room of the James Henry gym for a symposium announcing the winner.

17 students submitted artwork.  Youthworks Bismarck director Melanie Heitkamp says “the decision was very hard to make, it was hard to pick one, so we picked three”.  3rd place winner, and absent, Kia Merrick, 4th grade, received a $15 Walmart gift card.  2nd place winner, Serenity Eagle Bull, 5th grade, $25 Scheels gift card. 1st Place winner, Kaleo Shoyo, 5th grade, received a $100 Target gift card for his artwork called “Fighting for a better future”. The winners were determined by Youthworks staff.  

TJES students who didn’t win weren’t left out. The classes that participated in the contest were awarded with a pizza party.

This is the first TJES Youthworks Art contest of its kind in the community. Staff members Blaise Reagle, coordinator, and Kari Flaagan, marketing and community relations, look forward to holding the contest again next year.

Youthworks is a non-profit 501(c) organization providing youth and family services throughout North Dakota since 1986. Their mission is to help homeless and at-risk youth by providing shelters, personal necessities and counseling services.

The Giving Hearts Day 2016 one-day online fundraising campaign helped Youthworks raise over $33,000 to provide services, mentors, arts and science programs, and shelters as well as build awareness.  To learn more about Youthworks or to donate go to http://youthworksnd.org/donate-now/ or contact them at 701-255-6909.


Winners of the Giving Hearts Day Art Contest, 3rd place, not pictured, Kia Merrick; 2nd place, Serenity Eagle Bull; 1st place Kaleo Shoyo.

Photos-Alicia Hegland-Thorpe United Tribes News

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