Mayor Announces Holiday Card Design Contest Winners

This design by Sarah Loesch, an 11th grade student at Columbus East High School, is one of four winning entries in the Mayor's Holiday Card Design Contest. Scroll down to see the other winning entries.

Mayor Kristen Brown is announcing the winners of the Mayor’s Holiday Card Design Contest, whose artwork will be featured on this year’s holiday cards sent out by the City of Columbus to spread holiday cheer around the world.

This year’s winners were selected based on their creativity, colorfulness, and sense of holiday warmth and cheer. Elements in the designs include a snow globe, mittens, pine trees, starry nights, holiday lights and Santa’s sleigh. Participants also were asked to incorporate the Second Street Bridge as part of their designs this year.

The winners, listed below, were selected in the following four grade categories:

  • Kindergarten-3rd Grade: Brenda Martinez, Grade 3, Taylorsville Elementary School.
  • 4th-5th Grades: Ena Hopkins, Grade 4, Smith Elementary School.
  • 6th-8th Grades: Megan Holl, Grade 6, Smith Elementary School.
  • High School: Sarah Loesch, Grade 11, Columbus East High School.

“These young residents showed tremendous talent in their holiday card designs, which will proudly represent the City of Columbus and our residents as we send season’s greetings around the world,” Mayor Brown said. “We received a tremendous number of excellent entries. It was difficult to pick just four because all of the entries are winners. I am very grateful to all the students who participated.”

Mayor Brown’s office received 223 entries, from which the four winners were selected. The winning designs will be used for the Mayor’s 2012 holiday card, which is sent throughout the city, state, country and world. Winners will have their picture taken with Mayor Brown and will be featured on the City’s website,

Winners also will be invited to participate in the official Second Street Bridge lighting when it is scheduled in December or January. A project to illuminate the bridge is underway to once again showcase its beauty and provide a stunning entrance to Downtown Columbus after years of darkness.

All participants’ entries in the Mayor’s Holiday Card Design Contest will be on display throughout December in the lower lobby of The Commons. Mayor Brown encourages community members to visit The Commons to see all the entries and enjoy the holiday spirit.

Brenda Martinez, a third grade student at Taylorsville Elementary School, drew this entry, which won in the Kindergarten-3rd Grade category.

This design by Ena Hopkins, a fourth-grade student at Smith Elementary, won the 4th-5th Grade category.

Megan Holl, a sixth-grade student at Smith Elementary, won the 6th-8th Grade category with this design.

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