Mike Krienke, then a sixth grader at St. Anthony School in Columbus, took first place in the Grades 4-6 category of the 2019 Colors of Christmas contest with this entry.

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Colors of Christmas contest underway

School children in the archdiocese have an opportunity to display their creativity while reflecting on the story of Jesus’ birth as the Catholic Voice’s “Colors of Christmas” contest gets underway.

Now in its 10th year, the contest challenges students from kindergarten through sixth grade to depict the story of the three magi following the star and presenting their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child, as described in Matthew 2:9-11. They may use whatever media they choose, such as crayons, markers, watercolors, colored pencils, oil paints, glitter and other materials.

Competition categories are kindergarten through first grade, second through third and fourth through sixth. Students attending Catholic schools, parish religious education programs, or in homeschool are eligible.

Last year, 1,518 students from 41 schools and parishes around the archdiocese submitted entries.

First, second and third place winners will be selected in each category, and their artwork will be featured in the Dec. 17 issue of the Catholic Voice. Prizes will include gift cards of $40 for first place winners, $30 for second place and $20 for third place.

A grand prize winner will be selected from among the three first-place winners and will receive an additional $30 in gift cards. Three art teachers from Catholic schools in the archdiocese will serve as judges.

Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 30. Those interested in submitting an entry should click here for complete contest rules and a description of how it works.