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Colors of Christmas grand prize winner grateful for opportunity

Daniel Kenney expects to enter contest this year

He hasn’t yet, but last year’s Colors of Christmas grand prize winner, Daniel Kenney, said he expects to submit an entry this year.

Now a fourth-grader at St. Robert Bellarmine School in Omaha, Daniel started entering an original picture of the Nativity as a second-grader.

"I really like art," Daniel said. "It’s one of my favorite things to do."

He also enjoys helping people, so having a sponsor of the Catholic Voice contest – Woodhouse Auto Family – donate to the needy one can of food per entry is a plus, Daniel said.

Last year, Woodhouse’s sponsorship meant 2,512 cans of food divided among the Juan Diego Center, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and homeless shelters Siena/Francis House and the Stephen Center, all in Omaha.

And thanks to Woodhouse, one can of food per entry will be donated again, this time to food pantries in rural areas of the archdiocese – St. Joseph Parish in Walthill, St. Vincent de Paul’s Simon House in Columbus and Northeast Community Action Center in Norfolk.

In addition to helping the needy, Colors of Christmas encourages kindergartners through sixth-graders to share their talents and faith – by depicting a Nativity scene in the Gospels. This year, it’s the three Wise Men following the star and bearing gifts to the baby Jesus as depicted in the second chapter of Matthew.

Three winners in each category – kindergarten through first grade, second through third and fourth through sixth – will have their work published in the Dec. 16 edition of the Catholic Voice. The overall winner’s artwork will be on the front page, as Daniel’s was last year.

And thanks to four participating sponsors – Gloria Deo, Parables and the Cosgrave Company in Omaha, and Divine Truth Christian Store in La Vista – first-place winners in each category will receive $75 in sponsor gift cards. Second place gets $50 in gift cards and third place $25. The overall winner will receive an additional $50 in gift cards.

Also supported by Catholic Mutual Group as an underwriter, the contest is open to students in the Archdiocese of Omaha attending a Catholic school, parish religious education program or schooled at home.

Artwork will be accepted through Dec. 2, and entry forms are available by clicking here. Students are invited to use whatever materials they want, such as markers, crayons, pastels, glitter, oil or water color paint.


Based on Christmas story in Matthew 2:9-11

Categories: K-first; second-third; fourth-sixth

Sheets of paper 9 X 12 or 8½ X 11 can be used

Entry forms are available on the Catholic Voice website –

Artwork with the entry form attached (please do not fold) can be submitted to the Catholic Voice at P.O. Box 4010, Omaha NE 68104-0010 – or delivered to the newspapers office at 6060 Northwest Radial Highway in Omaha

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