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Art contest celebrates student efforts

May 01, 2019

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Topeka, Kan. – Five Kansas students from across the state received top honors for their artistic endeavors.

The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with the National Career Development Association (NCDA), selected the following entries as winners in the statewide 53rd NCDA Annual Poetry and Art Contest:

  • Primary – Grades K-2: Delaney Williams of Topeka, Poem, “Breaking Barriers”
  • Intermediate – Grades 3-5: Carina Johnson of Nortonville, Poem, “A Science Teacher’s World”
  • Middle – Grades 6-8: Clara Johnson of Nortonville, Poem, “Surgeon at Work”
  • Senior – Grades 9-12: Hayley Gideon of Russell, Media
  • Adult: Galen Boehme of Offerle, Poem, “Haiku”

The contest theme was “Using Careers to Break Barriers, Empower Lives & Achieve Equity.”

The National Career Development Association promotes career development through its annual celebration of National Career Development Month. Every November, career development professionals are encouraged to celebrate with career related activities including the annual Poetry and Art Contest.

Entries were judged on how they celebrate and inspire career development with a positive tone while emphasizing the national theme.

The national winning entries for each division will be recognized on the NCDA website in May 2019 and displayed at the Annual Global Career Development Conference in June. National winners will also receive a special certificate and a congratulatory gift from the NCDA.

The NCDA website provides valuable tools for integrating career development into the classroom, including Creative Ways to Celebrate the contest and Ways to Build Career Awareness for K-12. To Learn more, visit their website

Stay tuned for more information on the 2020 NCDA contest.