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Winners from Holiday Festival of Lights Greeting Card, Gingerbread and Light Display Design Competitions announced
Published:
12/1/2015 4:40:48 PM


 

The Holiday Festival of Lights kicked off its 26th season Nov. 13!  During the grand opening celebration, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) proudly presented awards for the festival’s annual Giant Greeting Card and Gingerbread House Competitions. Winning entries in both competitions are on display during the event, which runs nightly through Jan. 3 at James Island County Park.

 

This year, the Giant Greeting Card Competition received 38 entries from Charleston County student groups in elementary, middle and high school divisions. The winning top three schools in each division, and 4 honorable mention winners, received a trophy and cash award to apply into their school arts program. Winners are display in Santa’s Village. CCPRC is very pleased to recognize the efforts and creativity of the winning schools:

 


HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

1st Place: St. Johns High School  

2nd Place: Palmetto Christian Academy

3rd Place: Septima Clark Academy  

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

1st Place: Riverpointe Christian Academy

2nd Place: Ft. Johnson Art Club  

3rd Place: Buist Academy

 

ELEMENTARY DIVISION

1st Place:  Memminger Elementary

2nd Place: Dunston Primary

3rd Place: Gateway Academy

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Malcolm C. Hursey Elementary

Angel Oak Elementary Kaleidoscope

Eagle Nest Elementary

Thomas Cario Middle

 

Entries for the annual Holiday Festival of Lights Gingerbread Competition were judged in three age categories for creativity, craftsmanship, theme, difficulty and appearance. All winners received a Gold Pass or Super Splash Pass. Entries are on display at the Prancer’s Presents Gift Shop. Winners are:


ORIGINAL CATEGORY – ADULT


1st Place: Elizabeth Gorney - “Polar Express”

2nd Place: Andrea Yelton - “Rainbow Row”

 

ORIGINAL ADULT - HONORABLE MENTION

Kelly Schmeling – “Gingerbread Kids Sled Ride”

Nancy Giotta – “Nativity Scene”

 

ORIGINAL CATEGORY – YOUTH AGES 8-17

1st Place: Ashley Peterson - “A Very Snoopy Christmas”
2nd Place: Miranda Reed – “Sweet Treats Cottage”

 

KIT CATEGORY – ALL AGES

1st Place: Emily Harris – “Enchanted Christmas Cottage”

2nd Place: Lacey Williams – “Pirates Say Yo Ho Ho”

 

Also on site opening night, a young local artist was able to see her idea for a light display come to light. Seven-year-old Geneva, a student at Stiles Point Elementary School, is the winner of this year’s Light Display Design Contest. Geneva’s drawing of the pineapple fountain at Waterfront Park inspired a new light display at this year’s festival. The contest is open again this year, and ages 12 and under are invited to submit their ideas for a light display at next year’s festival. Download an entry form at CharlestonCountyParks.com.

 

The Holiday Festival of Lights is open nightly through Jan. 3 at James Island County Park and is presented by Boeing and Charleston County Parks. For details, including special event dates, hours, fees, and more, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com or call 843-795-4386, or download the Charleston County Parks mobile app.

 

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