Wiregrass Electric Cooperative (WEC) congratulates Marigrace Johnson, a fourth-grader at New Brockton Elementary School, for winning the 2021 Christmas Card Art Contest. Her depiction of Santa Claus and elves relaxing in a hot tub of hot chocolate after a long holiday season includes the inscription, “May your Christmas be warm and bright with Wiregrass Electric.”
Judges deemed her entry the best out of 487 total submissions. “Marigrace’s creativity and skill really shined in this submission, and we are certain that anyone who sees this artwork will get a big smile out of it,” says Jennifer Ward, WEC’s manager of communications and public relations. “We love the unique story that Marigrace tells with her artwork, and her attention to detail made this a fabulous selection for WEC’s annual Christmas card.”
For winning the competition, Marigrace received a $50 gift card from the craft store Michaels. Her artwork is featured on the cover of this edition of Alabama Living magazine and WEC’s official Christmas card.
Marigrace also received 30 of WEC’s Christmas cards to send to her friends and family.
Beau Taylor, a fourth-grader at Rehobeth Elementary School, earned second place with his depiction of a WEC lineman placing a star atop a large Christmas tree. Hannah Elliott, a fourth-grade home-schooled student from Samson, garnered the third-place award for her artwork featuring Santa Claus, a reindeer, two snowmen, and various Christmas decorations.
Both Beau and Hannah received a $25 Michaels gift card for their efforts. In addition, judges selected a winner from each school represented in the competition and awarded a $10 gift card to those winners.
“We appreciate all of the entries area elementary students submitted this year,” Ward says. “They certainly have brightened our offices this holiday season.”