Harlandale HS student wins holiday card contest

Harlandale HS student wins holiday card contest
Posted on 12/20/2018

Harlandale ISD selected Harlandale High School student Donella Silva as the winner of its annual holiday art card contest.

The beautiful watercolor piece perfectly depicts the holiday season by illustrating a home with smoke coming out of the chimney surrounded by colorful pine trees.

The 10th grader shared that it was her love of trees and bright colors that inspired her winning design.

“I love trees and I also like using a lot of color, so I decided to combine both,” she said. “I imagined being in the middle of a forest because it’s somewhere I’d like to be one day.”

Donella enjoys painting in her free time and hopes to continue to paint more in the future. For now, she is happy that her art piece was chosen to be this year’s official holiday card.

“I have never won something like this, and I would have never imagined it, so it was a nice surprise,” she said with a smile.

Her art teacher, Neomi Rojas, is extremely proud of Donella’s accomplishment. She describes Donella as a responsible and patient student with a wonderful attitude willing to accept instruction to improve her talents as an artist.

“Entering a competition is a scary experience, and Donella did not hesitate to commit herself to a design. She handled it like a champ,” Rojas said. “I am glad she was chosen. She deserves her award and to be recognized by the district. I hope everyone enjoys the newest holiday card design courtesy of Donella Silva.”

In addition to the overall winner, the district also named other winners classified by grade level:

Elementary winner: Columbia Heights Elementary fifth grader Madalyn Rodriguez. Art Teacher is Noe Garza.

Middle School Winner: Leal Middle School eighth grader Lizbeth Arrambide. Art Teacher is Leo Valdez.

High School winner: Harlandale High School 11th grader Aaliyah Hernandez. Art Teacher is Neomi Rojas.

Happy holidays, HISD family!

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