Winners are Announced for the “Ready, Set, College!” Art Contest.

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE     Issue 18     October 26th, 2012

Winners are Announced for the "Ready, Set, College!" Art Contest.

As part of College & Career Awareness Month, in collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools and the Senior Executive Advisor for the Arts, Hartford Public Schools hosted the “Ready, Set, COLLEGE!” art contest.
Thirteen teams of Kindergarten through 8th grade Hartford Public Schools students researched a college or university and created dazzling display boards to represent all that their selected school has to offer. The end was to get students thinking about college, discovering facts about college and getting engaged in college -readiness.

The children's voices rang loudly with their feelings about college through their artwork and writings on the boards.  Projects included images, facts, musings, banners, and all submissions were delightful and thoughtful.  The winners were Catherine Saur's 2nd Grade students from the Eleanor B. Kennelly School in the Pre-K through 4th Grade category, who celebrated Trinity College.  Winners in the 5th through 8th grade category were 5th Grade students from Kathleen Golnik's art class at Parkville Community School who celebrated Wesleyan University.  The 5th grade students also included statements about why going to college is important to them:

Shanialette:  I am going to college becasue I want to be a designer whenI go to college.  And the more important thing is because I think I am a good student, and because I care about education.

Winners are dubbed, “Artists in Residence” and have won all-expense-paid fieldtrips to Yale University!

Hartford Public Schools would like to extend special thanks to City Hall, and to Real Art Ways who hosted the judging ceremony, as well as to our very special guest-judges, and Hartford-area artists:  Anne Cubberly, Valerie Garlick, Barbara Hocker, Emily Ide-Pacini & Andres Reyes.

All entries are displayed in City Hall through November 2nd in the second floor atrium.  They are all moving examples of artwork and statements from our students, at times adorable, full of facts, and poignant. Also on display will be college-themed oil drums decorated by student artists at Alfred E. Burr School.

To find out more about helping Hartford students get college-ready, please contact
Sonia Dinnal at   or  860-695-8527.


The artist-judges with the Pre-K through 4th Grade Category's Winner from Kennelly School.

The judges with the 5th Grade winning display from Parkville Community School.

Clockwise, from the top, HPS Senior Executive Advisor for the Arts, Jackie Coleman facilitates for judges, Emily Ide-Pacini, Anne Cubberly, Barbara Hocker, Valerie Garlick and Andres Reyes. 

An example of the poignancy of the exhibits.




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