WESTMINSTER — Taking cues from history, three students from the Carroll County Education Center created winning posters in the Junior American Citizen Contest.
Top honors went to Patricia L. Driver, Price Hallman and Shelley A. Turner in the competition, open to all county students andsponsored by the William Winchester Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
"It's great for special-ed students to receive recognition for their efforts," said art teacher Bonnie L. Baber, praising the organization, which honored the winners Friday at the Shriver-Weybright Auditorium. "The students will be talking about this for a long time."
Baber submitted 10 entries from among the drawings done by all secondary students at the center for the developmentally disabled.
The DAR, which just celebrated its centennial, chose "A Century of Living and Serving" for its contest theme. Students depicted the changing times on 14-by-18-inch posters.
Before beginning their pictures, thestudents discussed history and received a few pointers from Baber.
"It was good for them to think about what's happened during the past 100 years," she said. "They all tried hard and did a super job."
Patricia, 21, of Hampstead, won first prize for a picture of old andnew schools. On half of her poster, she glued Popsicle sticks together and built a miniature one-room log schoolhouse. On the other half,she used red tissue and construction paper to create a modern brick building.
Judges have entered her poster in the state competition.When it is returned, she said she planned to hang it in her room with her other drawings.
Price, 18, the second-place winner, used stencils and a time line to draw the progress of transportation from thehorse to rockets. The Westminster resident said he would like to have lived when students came to school on horseback.
Shelley, 18, ofHampstead, earned third place by focusing on the interior of two houses.
She contrasted a room containing plain stick furniture and candles with a den with wallpaper, carpeting and a television. Unlike her classmate, she said she prefers all the modern conveniences and wouldn't want to live without electricity.
Mildred Shipley, one of the judges, praised the dedication of teachers like Baber, who encourage students.
The young artists are well into their next project, making shamrocks, leprechauns and assorted greenery for the school's St. Patrick's Day dance.