The Carlisle First Night board Tuesday announced that artwork from a Wilson Middle School student is the winning design in its annual First Night button contest.
Gloria Kim, a sixth-grade student at Wilson Middle School, was selected as this year’s winner. First Night received 108 entries for this year’s competition.
According to First Night chairwoman EK Weitzel, Gloria’s drawing was chosen because it reflects the enthusiasm of the 15th annual event, and the artwork was the unanimous choice of the board.
“We’re always thrilled to have the contest,” Weitzel said. “The board feels First Night is a community event and everybody has a role, even the children.”
Weitzel added that the nine finalists were all appreciated for their work and colorful take on this year’s theme “15th Anniversary.”
Gloria will receive a $150 scholarship to the Carlisle Arts Learning Center to be used for education programs. She’ll also receive four free buttons for entry to First Night 2013 from contest sponsor Carlisle Regional Medical Center.
Runner-up entries include: Frances Bixby, sixth-grader at Wilson Middle School; Gemma Laverty, fourth-grader at Mount Rock Elementary; Keara Kobzowicz, Homeschooled eighth-grader; Tiffany Lee Roll, sixth-grader at Wilson Middle School; Carly White, fourth-grader at Mount Rock Elementary; Emily Franklin, seventh-grader at Big Spring Middle School; Danielle Fevola, third-grader at N. Dickinson Elementary; Trevor Orris, sixth-grader at Wilson Middle School; and Elaina Thompson, first-grader at Crestview Elementary.
Carlisle Borough Council also approved street closures for First Night during its July 12 meeting. Streets to be closed this year include West High Street from Hanover to College streets, the first block of North and South Pitt streets and the first blocks of North and South West streets.
This year’s First Night event will feature musicians, magic acts, street performers and crafts. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact First Night co-ordinators at the First Night website, www.firstnightcarlisle.org.