This fall, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., along with the Auxiliary Bishops of Philadelphia and the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education (OCE), announced their second annual “Christmas Card Design Contest” in the 216 parishes, 17 high schools, 119 elementary schools, and 4 Schools of Special Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
School administrators, teachers, Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) teachers, and parents were invited to encourage students to create an original design for the Archbishop’s official Christmas card cover. The assignment was to depict the joy of Christ’s birth. The winning entry was submitted by Nathan Johnson, grade 5, Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School (Montgomery County).
Over 1,100 designs were received from students in PREP, Kindergarten through 12th grades, and the Schools of Special Education. Staff members from OCE were tasked with judging entries.
In addition to the winning student, five additional students were recognized with Honorable Mentions for their designs:
- PREP, Lucy Allen, grade 6, Saint Matthias Parish (Philadelphia);
- Kindergarten through 4th grades, Reina Sanchez, grade 4, Our Lady of Calvary School (Philadelphia);
- 5th through 8th grades, Carlina Velicer, grade 8, Corpus Christi School (Montgomery County);
- 9th through 12th grades, Sarah Marshall, grade 12, Lansdale Catholic High School (Montgomery County); and
- Schools of Special Education, Tylece Hamilton, Our Lady of Confidence Day School (Montgomery County).
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Editor’s Note: For information about schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit www.aopcatholicschools.org.