Angela Iglesias-Macias, Grade 6 (Winner)

Christmas Drawing Contest 2018 Winners

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  • December 21, 2018

The young artists who enter The Catholic Register’s annual Christmas drawing contest express themselves in many artistic forms. 

Among the hundreds of submissions are drawings created with pencils, crayons, pencil crayons and pastel, as well as the more difficult media of brush painting in watercolour and oil.

It’s never easy to select winners, but this year a painting submitted by Angela Iglesias-Macias was a unanimous pick to not only take first place in the Grade 4-6 category, but also to grace the cover of our Christmas issue.

The 11-year-old Grade 6 student from Mississauga, Ont., created an exquisite depiction of the scene in the manger on that first Christmas morning. The judges were impressed by how the young artist kept it simple — just the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph — and by her creative presentation of the star of Bethlehem, which shines through the manger to illuminate the Holy Family.

The winner of the Grade 1-3 category is Ereeny Elias, an eight-year-old Grade 3 student from Mississauga, Ont. She impressed the judges with the overall joyfulness of her entry, in which even the animals seem delighted.

In the Grade 7-8 category, Pascal Russo, 13, is the winner for a meticulous drawing of the Holy Family. The Grade 8 student impressed the judges with the way he employed delicate colouring and shading to achieve a sense of harmony which reflects the holiness of the first Christmas morning.

Each of the winners receives a prize of a $75 day at the movies. 

Thank you and Merry Christmas to all the participants.


Grade 1-3 FIRST PLACE by Ereeny EliasEreeny Gr3 winner

Grade 4-6 FIRST PLACE by Angela Iglesias-Macias

Angela Macias Winner

Grade 7-8 FIRST PLACE by Pascal Russo
Pascal Russo Gr8

Contest honourable mentions

2018 christmas contest honourable

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WOW! Angela's entry is truly a beautiful piece. She really has a significant amount of talent. My daughter Jasmeen (previous 3x 1st place winner) really had some competition if she would have entered the contest. Unfortunatly she had her hands...

WOW! Angela's entry is truly a beautiful piece. She really has a significant amount of talent. My daughter Jasmeen (previous 3x 1st place winner) really had some competition if she would have entered the contest. Unfortunatly she had her hands full with completing her art portfolio and auditioning to attend the Father John Redmond Regional Arts Program. About a week or two before the holidays she received the heartbreaking news that she was not accepted into the art program without any feedback as to why she didn't qualify. Although there were many talented students at the auditions its is clear that Jasmeen has a passion and skill that could only compare to very few others her age. After some research and reflection I am convinced she was rejected because she has an IEP. I am so proud of my daughter for having the courage to pursue her passion even when the educators at Father John Redmond really let her down by judging her flaws and not encouraging her strengths. She is now pursuing education with TDSB at Central Tech for the Visual Arts Program and is scheduled for an interview next week. Although the experience has gave her much grief, she continues to trust in her faith in God to lead her in the right direction. I pray that all children be given a fair chance to pursue their educational interests and are recognized and appreciated for their unique strengths.
Looking forward to the Catholic Register's Easter Contest, Jasmeen's last opportunity to enter before transitioning to secondary school.

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