Students Honored for their Creativity and Compassion

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October Melton from South Medford High School with her Grand Prize winning poster.

Poster and essay contest draws entries from around the state.

Winners of the 2018 Be Kind to Animals Poster and Story Contest were celebrated at the “A’Cat’Emy Awards” on Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Oregon Humane Society. This is the 69th year for the contest that honors young people who use their creative talents to promote kindness and compassion toward animals. During the awards ceremony, students displayed their artwork and read their essays to the audience of parents, teachers and volunteers.

Prizes were awarded by grade level, from first grade through high school. Each entry also centered on a theme, for example “I love my pet because…”; “I can help shelter pets by…”; and “be humane: keep pets safe and well.”

The contest drew 1,750 entries this year from schools throughout Oregon and SW Washington – a 20 percent increase from last year.

October Melton from South Medford High School took the Grand Prize in the poster category. Her beautiful black and white drawing encourages speaking up for those without a voice. Ali Ates from Adams Elementary won the Grand Prize in the essay category for his sweet story about adventures with his cat, Tompelino.

“These young people are role models to their friends and community on what it means to be caring,  kind and respectful citizens,” says Rachel Gene, OHS Humane Education Manager. “We deeply appreciate all the educators who participated this year and made humane education a priority.”

Read the 2018 Story Contest winners.

See the full list of story and poster contest winners.

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