SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
More than 350 area teens were awarded prizes, amounting to $8,000, for their art, music, creative writing and video projects. The awards were announced at the Body Electric Arts & Health Festival on May 1 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
“What a great show!” Gaye Harrison, Body Electric coordinator said. It was the seventh biennial festival, which has been held at Sarah Bush Lincoln since 1999. The 2011 festival was the largest ever, with more than 245 projects on exhibit in the galleries and 14 videos, which were shown on large screens in the theater.
All participants will receive a monetary award along with a certificate, presented at their high school's year-end assembly. Awards include Participation Award, Honorable Mention, Merit Award, Grand Merit Award and Director's Award. Projects receiving the highest honor, the Grand Merit Award, will be included in the 2011-12 tour to schools throughout East Central Illinois. Merit Award and Honorable Mention projects may also be included in the tour. In addition, the Director's Award is presented to projects that may have been overlooked by the judges, but are considered to be excellent examples of the best prevention arts projects this year.
Projects and students from the Shelby County area receiving awards include:
Grand Merit: Shattered Dreams, by Danny Burrus and Travis Trudeau
Merit Award: Defining Moment, by Will Stryker; Domestic Violence, by Kelley Cottrill; One in Twelve, by Morgan McCoy; Was It Worth It, by Rachael Gouchenover
Honorable Mention: Before and After, by Stephanie Rowecliff; Don’t Be a DoDo, by Austin Cline; Don’t Text and Drive, by Bekah Hankins; Emotions, by Cassie Kinney; Hemp Necklace, by Faith Shuck
Grand Merit: From Day One, by Abbie Watton
Merit Award: Texting & Driving Is Not Child's Play, by Kaitlyn Ogden
Honorable Mention: Spiral to Hope, by Tori Nacke; Worth Living For, by Rylee Elzer
Participation Award: You're Not Alone, by Jessica Reider