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Arts Council to Honor Students for Anti-Gun Posters

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Jan. 18, 2008 — Five St. Thomas students who managed to weave an anti-gun message into award-winning art will be honored Saturday by the V.I. Council of the Arts.
The ceremony will take place from 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Council. It will mount a show featuring the work not only of the five winners, but of all the 170 students who entered the Project Safe Neighborhoods' Draw Against Gun Violence Poster Contest. Its purpose was to raise awareness about gun violence.
The contest was open to students grades 1-12, and winners were drawn from three categories: elementary, middle and high school.
Winners in the elementary-school category are Zia Henry Potter and Micaiah J. Smith, grade 5, from All Saints School. The middle-school winner is Deneisha Brazzle, grade 6, from Gladys A. Abraham Middle School. The high-school winners are Darius Smith, grade 10, and Sharee Miller, grade 12, Visual Arts and Careers.
"So much good artwork was submitted that it made the judging tough," said Lydia Harris, who organized the entries and oversaw the judging. "Some of the images were so powerful that we wished we could name more winners. It was rewarding to see how much thought and energy went into each piece of art."
The winners get iPods, and their artwork will displayed on posters throughout the territory. St. Croix winners were honored at a ceremony Jan. 12.
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