Each year, the state Department of Education sponsors an art contest for school kids for the department’s official holiday card; this year’s winner is 2nd grader Ashlynn Baldus of Orchard Elementary School in Lewiston, with this picture of a cardinal resting on a tree branch amid a snowscape.
“I am impressed by the artwork that was submitted this holiday season,” said state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra. “This contest allows students the opportunity to display their talents, and I would like to thank all students who made a submission this year. It goes to show that students in Idaho are not only dedicated to furthering their education, but show astounding work in extracurricular activities such as this.”
You can see grade-level winners here; I particularly enjoyed the kindergarten winner. As the overall winner, Ashlynn gets a certificate and copies of the greeting card to share with friends and family.