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Desert Heights Student Wins School District’s Holiday Card Contest

By Carla O'Day
WCSD Holiday Card Contest Entries 2016

Entries in the 2016 WCSD Holiday Card Contest. Photo: Carla O’Day

By Carla O’Day

A 10-year-old elementary school student designed a “Washoe County Express” train for the school district’s sixth annual holiday card contest and unexpectedly took first place.

“I was surprised,” said K.C. De La Rosa, a fifth grader at Desert Heights Elementary. “I didn’t think I was going to win because there were a lot of entries.”

De La Rosa’s train included the Washoe County School District logo on the freight car which Santa Claus sits and a caboose full of presents.

KC De La Rosa Holiday Card Winner

KC De La Rosa with her winning holiday card art. Photo: Carla O’Day

De La Rosa said her favorite classes are art and math. She showed up at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting with her family, teacher, and principal to be recognized.

The district received 374 entries that included hand-drawn, painted, computer-generated, collage, and photography cards. Each entry was hung either in the boardroom or lobby. District communications staff shortlisted their 10 favorites and trustees picked a winner.

Students of all ages could take part. Teachers promoted the contest and a call for entries was also on the school district’s website and through social media.

Cards with De La Rosa’s design will be mailed, e-mailed and posted on the school district’s web site.

2016 Holiday Card Winner

KC De La Rosa’s winning 2016 Holiday Card art. Photo: WCSD

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