• “Norristown Area High School Poster Contest Winners Chosen from Over 60 Entries”


    March 17, 2014 –The Montgomery County Chapter Links are proud to announce the highly talented and creative poster art contest winners from Norristown Area High School.   
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    First place was awarded to Ian Smith for his entry depicting two boxers in a ring, one made of healthy fruits and vegetables fighting the other, made of fattening foods. 
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    Second place went to Abigayle Renk, and third place went to Frank Repollet. 
    Chosen from over 60 entries in the “Get Smart, Get Healthy – Make Health a Habit” poster contest,  the contest was designed to challenge students to use their creativity to visually communicate the goal of erasing childhood obesity among our youth through education. 


    Entries were judged on a scale of content, creativity, and artistic ability by independent health professionals, a juried artist, art teachers, and a NASD board member.  Prior to the judging, Nan Odenthal of NASD was overheard saying, “The judges are in for an extremely tough job selecting the best of the best from among so many great works of art – our students have proven to have talent extraordinaire!!!”  All students who entered the contest received a certificate of participation from the Montgomery County Chapter Links.


    Chapters of the Links conduct local competitions from which the chosen best entry  will compete at the regional level only to have to then qualify for national competition.  Competition is keen, but hopes are that Ian Smith will advance to the finals nationally. The Links were enthusiastic  about selecting Norristown Area High School as its source of chapter entry because of its diverse student body and support from Superintendent Janet Samuels and Principal Jeff Smith. “The participation of Norristown Area High School  was remarkable!” says chairperson, Karen Hamilton.


    NAHS Art teacher Lisa Noce was a driving force who inspired so many of the students to participate in the contest.

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    The winners of the contest were awarded their monetary prizes and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place certificates by The Links at a reception, co-sponsored by Wegman’s,  at the March 17 NASD School Board Workshop Meeting, where The Links, parents of the winners, judges, school board members, and Lisa Noce were in attendance.
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    For more information, contact:  Ellen V. Thomas, President, Montgomery County Chapter Links, evthomas@comcast.net or Karen Hamilton, Art Contest Chairperson, Montgomery County Chapter Links, khamiltoh@yahoo.com, 215-880-3952.


    The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946.  The membership consists of 10,000 professional women of color in 273 chapters located in 42 states and the District of Columbia of the USA and two foreign countries: the Republics of Germany and Commonwealth of the Bahamas.  It is one of USA’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.  Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of volunteer community service annually – strengthening and enhancing their communities.