Winners were picked among hundreds of talented entries

Hundreds of talented student-artists entered KEA’s 2023 #DifferenceMakers art contest, and judges from the Membership, Organizing, Visibility and Engagement (MOVE) Committee were faced with the difficult task of choosing only four winners from the P-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade categories.

Contestants are asked to portray a public-school employee who has made a difference in the artist’s life and to creatively portray the person’s job within public education. Photos are permissible and any media can be used to create the artwork.

Winners in each of the four grade categories will receive $50 and their instructor also receives $50. The winning entrants will be displayed publicly at the Kentucky Department of Education. All entries will also be displayed on the website.

Winning entrants in this year’s contest are: Olivia Steinborn from Kelly Elementary School in Boone county, in the grades P-2 category; Reagan DeKeuster from Bowen Elementary in Louisville, in the grades 3-5 category; AnnaBelle Green from East Bernstadt Independent in Laurel county, in the grades 6-8 category; and Jewellisa Mercado from Betsy Lane High School in Floyd county, in the grades 9-12 category.

We are always so impressed by the amazing talent of Kentucky students, and  #DifferenceMakers is one of our favorite contests for that reason.  It will run again next year, so please plan to participate!