By JASON MORRONI
The winners of the annual holiday greeting card contest were announced on December 1st. The award ceremony was held on-campus in the Fine and Performing Arts building at 2 pm. College President Thomas Isekenegbe personally handed the awards out to each winner.
The first prize winner was graphic design student Matthew Rosenfeld. Mr. Rosenfeld received a cash award of $100 and the card is now the school’s official holiday greeting card. The second place winner was fine arts student Demi Brooke Jennings who took home a cash prize of $50. The third place winner was graphic design student Denise Grogan, who won a prize of $25. Fourth place winner Ariel Lopez was not in attendance, but was awarded $15. The awards that the winners’ received can now be used in the awards section of their resumes.
Fine Arts and Graphic Design Coordinator, Sarah Shapiro began the ceremony by announcing that there was a record breaking number of entries this year. College President, Thomas Isekenegbe then commended all of the participants by saying, “All of the people who entered the contest are winners”. All of the cards that were entered can be used as a portfolio pieces by the participants.
Ms. Shapiro said, “There were close to 58 entries in total this year.” Four secret judges were picked from the faculty. These four judges were tasked with choosing from the nine finalists in order to pick the winners. The finalists were then approved by President Isekenegbe.”
The theme for the contest was open this year, but had to be a non-specific holiday card. Additionally it may have included underlying themes of pride, service, excellence or diversity. Entries were to be printed on a 5×7 sample sized card. Students who submitted cards after November 10 were not accepted. Entries were allowed to include text, although the cards were judged mainly on the image produced. The winning student had their name printed on the back of the card.
The holiday greeting card contest has been a tradition at Cumberland County College for over a decade and will be held again next fall. The schools’ Public Relations and Art and Graphic Design Departments can be thanked for administering the contest.