The Buffalo News held its 17th annual Editorial Cartoon Contest for area students in grades five through 12. More than 1,500 entries were received. The winners were selected by News Editorial Cartoonist Adam Zyglis, who announced the winners at a reception last week at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
"There was a noticeable uptick in cartoons on technology and childhood obesity among the entries this year," Zyglis said. "This may reflect a growing concern about the negative impacts of social media technology and the American diet. The cartoons on perennial issues like gas prices and the stalled peace bridge expansion seemed to be less frequent this time around. Overall, the winners displayed an excellent ability to convey an important message through the use of an original idea."
And the winners are:
Division III Grades 9-12
School: St. Joseph Collegiate Institute
"I was very surprised that I won the contest," said Casey. "This was an art project for our graphics class. ... The cartoon isn't to suggest that we shouldn't have gotten involved in Libya, or to suggest that we should have gotten involved in other similar situations as seen in places like Darfur and Rwanda, but rather just questioning the true motives of intervention because it seems to be so inconsistent."
Division II Grades 6-8
School: Christ the King School
"I was very surprised when I received a phone call telling me I won! I couldn't believe the news!" Margaret said. "I thought of 'texting while driving' and worked on my idea for a while and remembered that many people have died from texting while driving and I want to have it stop. ... I worked on my cartoon in art class and at home and I even drew my phone and some of my friends phones in my cartoon!"
Division I Grade 5
School: Mill Middle School
Laura said the idea for her cartoon came to her when she was "in the car and I saw someone texting and driving and they were swerving around. ... Someone could have gotten hurt."
She said she was happy to learn that she had won the contest. "I called my mom to tell her and she was [also] very happy."
Local Division All Grades
School: Nardin Academy
"I was extremely surprised that I won," Hanna said. "It was an assignment from my global teacher, Mrs. Attea, and I was talking to my dad about what I should do. A few days earlier we were in the car listening to the radio when we heard that a politician was considering putting taxes on bicycles. My dad and I laughed at this and thought it was a little over the top. So when this assignment was given to us I thought it would be a great topic."
The rest of the winners are:
Second Place: Silvana Payne, Grade 11, Holy Angels Academy
Third Place: Tristan Rose, Grade 9, Amherst High School
Honorable Mention: Alise Jarmusz, Grade 11, Nardin Academy
Second Place: Katie Panasci, Grade 5, Fredonia Middle School
Third Place: Melinda Waag, Grade 5, Fredonia Middle School
Honorable Mention: Aiden O'Lay, Grade 5, St. Francis of Assisi School
Second Place: Grant Johnson, Grade 8, Veronica Connor Middle School
Third Place: Sawyer Matheny, Grade 8, Mill Middle School
Honorable Mention: Robert Zenger, Grade 6, Transit Middle School
Second Place: Tom Mascari, Grade 12, Amherst High School
Third Place: Leslie Crane, Grade 12, Amherst High School
Honorable Mention: Nicole Blenski, Grade 12, Lancaster High School