The Maryland Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, along with First Lady Yumi Hogan, presented the state's first art competition for Deaf and hard of hearing K-12 students living in Maryland.
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing K-12 Art Contest is a competitive opportunity for Deaf and hard of hearing students to reflect on, explore, and integrate personal experiences through artistic expressions. The artwork of this year's competition was to focus on De'VIA elements.
Carol Beatty, Secretary of Maryland Department of Disabilities, and Kelby Brick, Director of the Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, announced the winners during a reception on Friday, March 23rd.
Award winners were divided into grade level categories: K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade.
A handful of MSD students were awarded for their work in the statewide Art Competition. Ryder Christenberry won the K-2nd grade category, Giovanna Perepelkin won the 3rd-5th grade category, and Valerie Kulikov won the 6th-8th grade category.
In the K-2nd grade category, Izabelle Austin finished second, followed by Caitlyn Reyes. Sarah Clark and Savalyn Germundson were the category's honorable mentions.
For the 3rd-5th grade category, Leia Klusza was second, Jayden Orsi-Pedersen was third, and Kyara Salvador was the honorable mention.
In the 6th-8th grade category, Melanie Carter finished third and Paul Tessitore was the honorable mention.
The competition was sponsored by Sorenson Communications and judged by deaf artists Ellen Mansfield, Kelly Simpson, and Johnston Grindstaff.
Photos from the awards reception are posted on our Facebook page. For more information on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing K-12 Art Competition, visit here.