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Fifth-graders add color to Thanksgiving in Valley Sun art contest

Since the 1950s, the La Cañada Valley Sun has invited all local fifth-grade students who are studying America's first Thanksgiving celebration in school to participate in an art contest. Some of our longtime readers might recall that in the first few decades of the contest, when the newspaper was printed in black and white only, the drawings were executed in black ink on white paper. As the publication evolved over the years, the ability to scan and print submissions in full color shifted the contest rules accordingly and today's entries are now exuberantly colorful.

The 10- and 11-year-old participants in the Thanksgiving Art Contest amaze and sometimes amuse the judging staff with their skills and unique looks at Thanksgiving in America, the theme for the competition. This year's overall winning entry, drawn and colored by La Cañada Elementary School student Elie Kim, charmed us with its look at a smiling family and their beloved dog (perhaps named "Spot") anticipating their first bites of the feast set out before them. Our warmest congratulations to Elie, and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

General Excellence

Winner (overall winner of the contest): Elie Kim, Miss Meikle's class, La Cañada Elementary (LCE)

General excellence winner, Elie Kim, Miss Meikle, La Cañada Elementary, 2015.

2nd Place: Warren Lam, Mr. Hajek's class, Paradise Canyon Elementary (PCY)

General excellence, 2nd place, Warren Lam, Mr. Hajek, Paradise Canyon Elementary, 2015.

3rd Place: Lauren Chen, Mrs. Franz, LCE

General excellence, 3rd place, Lauren Chen, Mrs. Franz, La Cañada Elementary, 2015.

Most Patriotic

1st place: Ria Mandal, Mrs. Fuelling, LCE

Most patriotic, 1st place, Ria Mandal, Mrs. Fuelling, La Cañada Elementary, 2015.

2nd place: Edward Sentoso, Miss Meikle, LCE

Most patriotic, 2nd place, Edward Sentoso, Miss Meikle, La Cañada Elementary, 2015.

3rd place: Jeshurun Liou, Mrs. Fuelling, LCE

Most patriotic, 3rd place, Jeshurun Liou, Mrs. Fuelling, La Cañada Elementary, 2015.

Best Turkey

1st place: Addie Kern, Mrs. Lesko, PCY

Best turkey, 1st Place, Addie Kern, Mrs Lesko, Paradise Canyon Elementary, 2015.

2nd place: Caroline Gill, Miss Meikle, LCE

Best Turkey, 2nd place, Caroline Gill, Miss Meikle, La Cañada Elementary, 2015.

3rd place: Ethan Geller, Mrs. Fuelling, LCE

Best Turkey, 3rd Place, Ethan Geller, Mrs. Fuelling, La Cañada Elementary, 2015.

Most Humorous

1st place: Meena Durairaj, Mrs. Smith, Chandler School

Most humorous, 1st Place, Meena Durairaj, Mrs. Smith, Chandler School, 2015.

2nd place: Andrew Giesler, Mrs. Selsor, PCY

Most humorous, 2nd Place, Andrew Giesler, Mrs. Selsor, Paradise Canyon Elementary, 2015.

3rd place: Siran Khachatourian, Mrs. Franz, LCE

Most humorous, 3rd Place, Siran Khachatourian, Mrs. Franz, La Cañada Elementary, 2015.

Most Unique

1st place: Ari Tujian, Mrs. Fuelling, LCE

Most unique, 1st Place, Ari Tujian, Mrs. Fuelling, La Cañada Elementary, 2015.

2nd place: Katelyn Hung, Mrs. Fuelling, LCE

Most Unique, 2nd Place, Katelyn Hung, Mrs. Fuelling, La Cañada Elementary, 2015.

3rd place: Emilia Osorio-Lowery, Mrs. Hu, Palm Crest Elementary School

Most Unique, 1st Place, Emilia Osorio-Lowery, Mrs. Hu, Palm Crest Elementary, 2015.

Honorable Mentions

Bryan Hong, Miss Meikle, LCE

Grace Frame, Mrs. Drange, LCE

Dario Frommer, Mrs. Franz, LCE

Mia Oakley-Stilson, Miss Meikle, LCE

Claire McKinney, Mrs. Fuelling, LCE

Sarah Watney, Mrs. Drange, LCE

Zayaan Qazi, Miss Meikle, LCE

Maya Sharma, Mrs. Fuelling, LCE

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Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com

Twitter: @CarolCormaci

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