Young winners of Lincoln Times-News
Halloween coloring contest announced
About 200 children entered the Lincoln Times-News first Halloween Coloring Contest.
Judges Donna McMahon and Vici Snyder tackled the task of judging the many entries.
â€œThe hardest group to judge was the nine to 12 age group,â€ McMahon said. â€œWe hated to eliminate good quality contenders.â€
McMahon and Snyder judged the young artistsâ€™ works on creativity, neatness, completeness and time spent.
It took almost two hours for the women to choose the winners.
â€œItâ€™s just heartbreaking,â€ said Snyder as the entries were weeded out.
Winners in each age group were as follows:
Three- to five-year-olds
Macey Smith, first place
Eric Gunter, second place
Madison Ballenger, third place
Six- to eight-year-olds
Jaeleigh Clark, first place
Lea Thompson, second place
Elizabeth Drum, third place
Nine- to 12-year-olds
Donna Alverson, first place
Madison Homesley, second place
Olivia Fowler, third place
First-place winners won $40; second-place winners received $25; and third-place winners took home $15.
The judges commended all the children who participated in the contest
â€œParents should be really proud of their kids and keep encouraging them to draw and be artistic,â€ said McMahon.
Vici Snyder is past-president of the Lincoln Arts Council and remains a board member. McMahon is a local artist who has taught with the Lincoln Arts Council.
More coloring pages will be printed during the upcoming holidays to encourage a growing relationship between the Lincoln Times-News and the community, said LTN Advertising Manager Wes Grooms.
The Halloween Coloring Contest was hosted by the newspaper and sponsored by Griffin Pontiac, Buick, GMC, Century 21, Lincoln-Gaston Farmers Mutual Insurance, Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Cherryville Federal, City of Lincolnton Police Department, S & L Sawmill, The Drug Store and Lincoln Medical Center.by Staff Reports