Student art from Gold Ridge School student featured on Palliser Christmas card

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Artist Sara Walter is shown with (from left) her father James, Palliser Trustee Craig Whitehead and Colony Principal Dan Ryder.

A student from Gold Ridge School, located at the Turin Hutterite Colony, is the artist behind this year’s Palliser Regional Schools Christmas Card.

Sara Walter, a Grade 9 student, submitted the winning entry in this year’s second annual student art competition.

Students across Palliser in all grades were invited to submit art for consideration for the holiday card. The theme this year was “Winter Fun.” Sara’s art depicts a well-dressed snow man, snow-covered bales and a steaming hot beverage waiting to be enjoyed.

About 150 submissions were considered. Among the entries, students demonstrated their love of hockey, animals (puppies, bunnies, cats, penguins and more), sledding and snowmen.

“I was so impressed by the quality of art from all age groups,” said Board Chair Colleen Deitz, “It was just so impressive.”

This year, the majority of submissions were from elementary schools. The previous year’s card featured the work of a high school student.

“The Christmas card is one way we can showcase our student’s work," Deitz said. "It’s a good reminder that you don’t have to be a professional artist to be good at it and to create something that someone else will enjoy and appreciate.”

Sara’s art was reproduced on Palliser’s annual Christmas card, and her family received a supply for sharing. In addition, she received a $100 gift certificate to a local book store.