A Sauder Elementary (Jackson Local) student may very well be a future artist. A drawing by Karissa Schroeter, a fifth grader, earned first place honors in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2005 Student Art Contest. Karissa was last year’s third place winner as a fourth grader at the school.
First Place Winner in the 2005 Hall of Fame Student Art Contest
Approximately 3,500 fourth and fifth graders from Stark County participated in the contest, which is a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Educational Outreach Program. In all, classes of 159 teachers from 55 schools and 16 districts took part in the educational-based art contest. Students were instructed to put their artistic talents into a drawing to welcome out-of-town visitors to Stark County during the 2005 Hall of Fame Festival. Each of the drawings will be placed in area hotel rooms to welcome those visitors in August. The only criteria for the artwork were for the students to make drawings that depicted football activities, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival activities.
For her winning entry, Karissa won a replica autographed football that includes the signatures of each member of the Class of 2005 in a collector’s case with an engraved plaque and she also received four tickets to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In addition to that, Karissa and her classmates in Phil Salasek’s class at Sauder Elementary were treated to a pizza party and Hall of Fame pins. Karissa, 10, is the daughter of Tom and Kim Schroeter.
Second and third place prizes were also awarded. Quinten Fortner, 10, of South Lincoln Elementary School in Alliance (teacher, Kim Verrona) earned second place. For his efforts, he received a replica Class of 2005 autographed football in a collector’s case, four tickets to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Hall of Fame pins for his entire class. He is the son of Learline Fortner.
Madison LaBolt, an 11-year-old at Greentown Elementary School in North Canton (teacher, Jennelle Ellis) won third place. The daughter of Steve and Kim LaBolt, Madison won a mini football in a collector’s case, four tickets to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Hall of Fame pins for her entire class.
The three winning entries will be on display in the Hall of Fame during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement celebration.
The judges for the contest included staff members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival.
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