Winning students named at competition in Dermott

Students' essays and art have been exhibited on the wall in the hallway next to Julia Boatner's classroom at Dermott Elementary School. (Special to The Commercial)
Students' essays and art have been exhibited on the wall in the hallway next to Julia Boatner's classroom at Dermott Elementary School. (Special to The Commercial)

Students in Julia Boatner's homeroom class at Dermott Elementary School recently competed in an art and essay invitational in observance of the 106th birthday of John H. Johnson, founder of Johnson Publishing Co.

Johnson was born Jan. 19, 1918, in Arkansas City. He died in 2005.

The competition and awards were presented Feb. 14 to students by Friends of John H. Johnson Museum.

Judge Don Glover of Dermott presided over the competition and congratulated the students. The students were also treated to cupcakes sponsored by the Alex Foundation, according to a news release.

Students were tasked with drawing a replica of the John H. Johnson Museum and writing an essay about Johnson's life. Their essays and art have been exhibited on the wall in the hallway next to Boatner's classroom.

Gift cards were presented in each category of art and essay writing. First place was awarded a $50 gift card; second place was awarded a $25 gift card; and third place was awarded a $15 gift card.

WINNERS

The art winners were:

First place -- Sha'myah Jefferson.

Second place -- Naki'yah Hannah.

Third place -- Khloe Jackson.

The essay winners were:

First place -- Kaliyah Johnson.

Second place -- Deril Jackson.

Third place -- Etheren Robinson.

Friends of John H. Johnson Museum is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization. Details: www.johnhjohnsonmuseum.org.

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