“I have no words… It’s kind of hard to explain my feelings right now.”
Isabella Falduto was nearly speechless after learning she had won the grand prize in an art contest sponsored by Horizon Community Middle School and the Aurora Fire Department. Awards were presented during an after-school reception on Dec. 6.
Falduto, an eighth-grader, was one of more than 150 Horizon students who entered the contest to create a concept for a sign that will be placed outside Aurora Fire Station #10, which is next door to the school. The station, which shares a parking lot with Horizon, was remodeled two years ago, but a new sign identifying the facility was not installed at that time. Now, a sign measuring 11’ by 3’, identifying the station and its community, is being planned and the Aurora Fire Department asked Horizon students to contribute to the design.
“They were so proud to be working with the fire department,” said Horizon art teacher Bryan Westman. “And I’m very proud of our students, who really demonstrated a sense of community and pride in where they live.”
More than 150 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students submitted a rich variety of designs done in crayon, colored pencils, water colors and even oil pastels. The artwork depicted firefighters, the fire station and the community around it.
“The art was just outstanding,” said Battalion Chief Nancy Reublin, one of the firefighters who helped select the winning artwork. “You could tell that they really put a lot of time and a lot of effort into it.”
The judges selected a first-, second- and third-place winner at each grade level, and an overall grand prize winner. Congratulations to:
• Betsaida Meraz – second place
• Tanner James and Tyler Manning - tied for first place
• Dylan Butts – third place
• Sophia Savoy – second place
• Arion Cox – first place
• Sarah Speidel – third place
• Damaris Piscoya Pacheco – second place
• Isabella Falduto – first place and grand prize winner
Each of the grade level winners received a plaque and a set of art supplies from the Aurora Fire Department, while Falduto received a plaque from the fire department and a larger collection of art supplies donated by Mr. Westman.
The winning artwork will now be incorporated into a final design for the actual sign, which will be put in place in early 2018.