Valley students assist fight against crime
Six from diocesan schools place in poster contest
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
Displaying their artistic talents and delivering strong warning messages, six students from Catholic schools in the Green Bay Diocese are helping Outagamie County District Attorney Vince Biskupic's fight against crime.
Lauren Bekx, Amanda Smits and Katie Vanden Oever of Holy Name of Jesus School, Kimberly; Tamarine Hudak and Jennafer Ziemer of Catholic Central School, Appleton; and Rebecca Lamers of St. Aloysius School, Kaukauna, all were awarded honors in the 2002 District Attorney Crime Prevention Poster Contest. Their entries were compiled with other winners to form a crime prevention calendar.
Bekx, a seventh grader, is this year's grand prize winner. Her entry, featuring the theme "Don't Block The World From Your Life," is displayed on the calendar's cover. She also received a $100 savings bond.
"I came up with the idea of a fork in the road," said Bekx. "I worked on it for about a week. My brother Sean who goes to Xavier helped me with the idea."
The contest winners were invited to the Outagamie County Courthouse for a special presentation. Bekx had no idea that she was the grand prize winner.
"When we got there, all the posters were in a circle, so I didn't know what order they were in," she explained. "I was very surprised."
Smits was awarded second place honors among the eighth grade entrants. Her entry, featuring the theme, "We Don't Want to See You on Our Doorstep," with a drawing of a police officer and medical doctor, is found in the month of August in the calendar.
"I had some different ideas before I decided on this one," she said. "I worked on it at school and at home. The slogans were as important as the art."
Smits and the remaining winners from the diocese received $50 savings bonds. The students also received several copies of the calendar.
"I took a whole box," said Smits. "I have a big family."
Vanden Oever's entry featuring an anti-drug message is displayed with the month of December in the calendar. She received third place honors for seventh grade.
"I like art," she said. "I draw a lot. I had a couple of ideas. I thought of this one and just did. I like how it turned out."
The winning entries from the Catholic Central students are displayed in a showcase near the school's entrance. Hudak won second place honors for grade five, while Ziemer was awarded third place among fourth graders.
"I started with something else before using the idea of cards," said Hudak. "It was hard to believe that I won."
Her entry is the June artwork in the calendar.
Ziemer's theme for her entry, which is featured in September, is "Choose Your World." "I came up with this one idea and worked on it," she said. "I thought it was amazing that I won. I never thought I would."
Hudak was also surprised when calendars were distributed to the students at Catholic Central.
"Everybody was coming up to me and saying, 'Good job Tamarine,'" she said. "It was neat that they all got one."
Lamers won second place honors for grade four. She entered the contest as part of a class project. Her entry, featuring an anti-smoking message, is the May artwork in the calendar.
"I had a different idea, but I really didn't like it," she said. "I like art. Computer class is my favorite subject though."
Lamers said that she enjoyed the ceremony at the courthouse.
"I saw some of the different ideas," she said. "I really liked some of them."
The 2002 Crime Prevention Poster Contest Calendar is the eighth released by Biskupic in Outagamie County. The calendar includes a special message from the district attorney and information about how to report a crime. The poster/calendar project is sponsored by area businesses. Winners were selected from approximately 800 entries. All students who submitted posters received a certificate.