Winners of 2023 Faulkner County Daffodil Daze Art Contest announced

The 2023 Daffodil Daze Art Contest Reception was held April 18 to honor winners. Family members, friends and educators gathered at the Conway Regional Foundation offices at the Frauenthal House for the ceremony. A lovely reception was provided by Anne Cadle, the special events manager for the hospital’s foundation.

The Daffodil Daze committee and 501 LIFE Magazine partnered with Conway Regional Health System and First Security Bank to present the annual contest that was open to all Faulkner County kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Entries were submitted on 8.5-by-11-inch paper in any art medium, including photos. Contest entries were judged by Jeff Young, professor of art education at the University of Central Arkansas. This year, Dr. Young enlisted the assistance of two students Sara Wojtarowicz and Savannah Calhoun, both working toward completing a B.A. in art with emphasis in art education.

High School Division: 2nd Josie Keylor, Home School Student 1st Camilla Spresian, Greenbrier High School
MIddle School Division: 3rd Hailey Benish, Eastside Elementary of Greenbrier 2nd Sarah Smith, Frank Mitchell Intermediate of Vilonia 1st Marlee Barrios, Eastside Elementary of Greenbrier Not pictured: Honorable Mention Kate Maxwell, Eastside Elementary of Greenbrier; Kaleb Angeline, Eastside Elementary of Greenbrier

Contest age divisions were: elementary (kindergarten through fourth grade), middle school (fifth through eighth grade), and junior high/high school (ninth through 12th grade). Winners received gift bags, provided by Stefanie Vann Holt of First Security Bank and Target gift cards from Charles Finkenbinder, who is Conway’s city attorney.

The art contest Chairperson was Paulette Higginbotham, with 501 LIFE Magazine. Donna Evans spoke on behalf of the Daffodil Daze Committee and their work beautifying Faulkner County parks and trails. The awards were announced by Stefanie Brazile, editor of 501 LIFE.

Elementary School Division: 3rd Laikyn Green, Eastside Elementary of Greenbrier 2nd Lana Davis, Eastside Elementary of Greenbrier 1st Arushi Huq, Ellen Smith Elementary of Conway Not pictured: Honorable Mention Zoey Bryan, Eastside Elementary of Greenbrier; Zoni Watford, Wooster Elementary of Greenbrier; Serenity Phillips, Mayflower Elementary