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HCPSS Celebrates 2017 Choose Civility Poster and Video Contest Winners

May 23rd, 2017

Each year, Choose Civility recognizes original art created by students that represents a specific civility theme. This year, Howard County students were invited to design a poster or short video illustrating the theme, “Kindness Creates Community.”

The contest was presented in partnership with Choose Civility, the Howard County Library System and the Columbia Association Art Center.

The winner in the kindergarten through second grade category is Bushy Park Elementary School kindergartener Sophia Hwu.

Sophia Hwu standing with Board Chairman Cynthia Vaillancourt and Dr. Michael J. Martirano
Kindergarten–second grade winner, Bushy Park Elementary School kindergartener Sophia Hwu (center), with Board Chairman Cynthia Vaillancourt (left) and Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano.

In the Grades 3–5 category, the winner is Talbott Springs Elementary School fifth-grader Isabella Farro.

Isabella Farro standing with Board Chairman Cynthia Vaillancourt and Dr. Michael J. Martirano
Grades 3–5 winner, Talbott Springs Elementary School fifth-grader Isabella Farro (center), with Board Chairman Cynthia Vaillancourt (left) and Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano.

The Grades 6–8 winner is Mount Airy Christian Academy seventh-grader Christina Ogunsola.

Christina Ogunsola standing with Board Chairman Cynthia Vaillancourt and Dr. Michael J. Martirano
Grades 6–8 winner, Mt Airy Christian Academy seventh-grader Christina Ogunsola (center), with Board Chairman Cynthia Vaillancourt (left) and Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano.

In the Grades 9–12 category, the winner is Applications and Research Laboratory junior John Browder. Browder also won the Poster Grand Prize.

John Browder standing with Board Chairman Cynthia Vaillancourt and Dr. Michael J. Martirano
Grades 9–12 winner, Applications and Research Laboratory junior John Browder (center), with Board Chairman Cynthia Vaillancourt (left) and Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano. Browder also won the Poster Grand Prize.

The Video Grand Prize winners are Marriotts Ridge High School 10th graders Caroline Underwood, Julia Kim, Vivian Stewart, Megan Blackman, and Emily Wood.

Video winners standing with Board Chairman Cynthia Vaillancourt and Dr. Michael J. Martirano
Video Grand Prize winners, Marriotts Ridge High School 10th graders Caroline Underwood, Julia Kim, Vivian Stewart, Megan Blackman, and Emily Wood (from left to right), with Board Chairman Cynthia Vaillancourt (second from right) and Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano (right).

The winning students were formally recognized at the Howard County Board of Education meeting on May 18, 2017.

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