Festival of Lights announces winners

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The annual Holiday Festival of Lights kicked off its 24th season Nov. 8 with the awards ceremony for the event’s annual Giant Greeting Card and Gingerbread House Competitions. Winning entries in both competitions are on display during the festival, which runs daily through Dec. 31 at James Island County Park.

This year, the Giant Greeting Card Competition received 39 entries from Charleston County student groups in elementary, middle and high school divisions. The winning top three schools in each division received a trophy and cash award to apply back into their school arts program. The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is very pleased to recognize the efforts and creativity of the winning schools:

Elementary School Division:

First Place: Drayton Hall Elementary

Second Place: Orange Grove Elementary Charter-Studio Art

Third Place: Malcolm C. Hursey Elementary

Middle School Division:

First Place: James Island Middle

Second Place: Thomas Cario Middle

Third Place: Ft. Johnson Middle Art Club

High School Division:

First Place School: Liberty Hill Academy

Second Place: St. Johns High School

Third Place: West Ashley High

Merit Awards:

Summerville Catholic School

North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary

East Cooper Montessori Middle

Riverpointe Christian Academy Middle

Entries for the annual Holiday Festival of Lights Gingerbread House Competition were judged in five age categories for creativity, craftsmanship, theme, difficulty and overall appearance. From an enchanting pirate ship and lighthouse to a snow-topped village, entries exhibited unique themes, a high level of creativity and craftsmanship. Winners were:

Kit Category - All Ages:

First Place: Marley Eckert

Second Place: Ashley Peterson

Original Category - Ages 17 and Older:

First Place: Amy Langstone

Second Place: Kelly Schmeling

Original Category – Youth Ages 8-16:

First Place: Karly Ripple

Second Place: Spence Cox

All Original Group Category

First Place: Amy Langstone

Second Place: Karly Ripple

Many of the winning Gingerbread Houses and Giant Greeting Cards may be viewed on-site at James Island County Park. For information on the festival, including event hours, fees and schedules, call 843-795-4386 or visit www.holidayfestivaloflights.com. This event is presented by Boeing and Charleston County Parks.

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