HISD unveils 2016 holiday greeting cards designed by students

The Houston Independent School District announced the winners of the district’s 2016 holiday greeting card competition that features creative student artwork highlighting family holiday traditions, seasonal decorations, and classic holiday songs.

The winners – fourth-grader Angela Ramos of Ed White Elementary School, seventh-grader Annette Hernandez of Pilgrim Academy, and 11th-grader Javier Garcia of Scarborough High School – were among 40 finalists from elementary, middle, and high schools. All finalists received a boxed set of their holiday cards. Their holiday cards also will be available for purchase and on display at the HISD administration building.

“Everyone who knows me knows that the arts are very important to me,” said HISD Board Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones who helped announce the winners of the competition. “This is the best of our best talent. I want to encourage each and every one of our students who participated to not let this talent get away from you.”

Each year, the district sends out hundreds of holiday greeting cards to principals, board members, legislators, local leaders, parent groups and community partners. Since 2003, these cards have featured the artwork of HISD students. The competition, organized by the HISD Strategic Partnerships Department, received more than 80 student submissions.

“I want to congratulate our incredible student artists because you will not find a better representation of the holiday season than on the cards we revealed today,” said HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza. “I was blown away by the talent of these students. One of the things that makes our district special is the fact that we value and showcase our student talents and provide students opportunities to express themselves creatively. That’s what educating the whole child is about.”

To purchase HISD holiday greeting cards, visit HoustonISD.org/HolidayCards. The deadline to purchase cards is Dec. 2.

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