Wexford students show off their creative side in annual Christmas Tree Decoration competition
Cribs, Christmas trees and snowmen were just some of the entries received in this year's Wexford County Council Christmas Decoration Competition.
The contest, which encourages young people to make unusual decorations from household waste and materials, saw hundreds of primary and secondary school students tap into their creative sides in recent weeks. At a special ceremony in County Hall, Cllr Tony Dempsey presented awards to the imaginative winners.
'The school children who participated in this competition have shown us all how to reduce waste by making unusual Christmas decorations from everyday household materials and a bit of imagination,' he said.
The overall competition winner was a decoration entitled 'Santa's House' by Michelle Murphy from Ballyduff National School. Michelle made the winning decoration by using cardboard boxes, bottle caps, yogurt cartons, plastic, magazine cuttings and other materials. The Overall Runner-Up was Dawid Kmiecik from Our Lady of Lourdes National School, Bunclody.
Dawid's decoration 'Christmas Trees' was made from newspaper, card and plastic gems from an old toy.
This year, all 308 entries were displayed in the County Hall during the ceremony. It marked the 12th year of the competition, which is run in association with South East Radio.
The first place winners were:
Junior Infants: Louanna Cussen,Ballaghkeene National School
Senior Infants:Leon Sinnott, Danescastle National School
1st Class: Gabija Bielyte, CBS Primary School
2nd Class: Noah Kehoe, Screen National Screen
3rd Class: J.P. Fielding, Screen National Screen
4th Class: Erin Doyle, Ballyduff National School
5th Class: Alex Gregg, Murrintown National School
6th Class: Emilijus Bielis, CBS Primary School
Primary Group Entries: 2nd Class CBS Primary School
Adult/ Family Entries: Laura Connick, Pine Valley
The overall winners were:
Primary: Michelle Murphy, Ballyduff National School
Secondary: Senior 2 Class Group, Our Lady of Fatima Special School
Overall Runner Up: Dawid Kmiecik, Our Lady of Lourdes National School
Dozens of others from across Wexford received awards for coming in second and third place. There were also several highly commended young artists.