Williston seventh grader wins regional art contest (11/12/09)

Nov. 12, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

A Williston Central School seventh grader recently won a calendar art contest sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League’s New England chapter. Gabby Ribeiro was one of 13 students from New England chosen to have her art featured in a 2010 calendar.


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Williston seventh grader Gabby Ribeiro’s drawing, pictured above, was chosen from more than 1,000 entries to appear in a 2010 calendar produced by the New England chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.

More than 1,000 school children participated in the contest, according to the league’s press release. Twelve drawings will be featured for 2010 — one for each month — plus a separate drawing for the calendar’s cover.

This is the 25th year the Anti-Defamation League has hosted the contest. The calendar will be distributed across New England.

Ribeiro’s colorful drawing, showing people of all shapes, sizes and colors holding hands under the words “We’re All in this Together,” will be the artwork for July in the Anti-Defamation League’s calendar. Ribeiro said she was pleased to find out two weeks ago that she won.

“I was really surprised when they told me because I didn’t think I’d actually win,” Ribeiro said.

Williston Central School art teacher M.C. Baker asked her students to draw a poster for the contest. She said when she saw Ribeiro’s work, she knew it would be a winner. Ribeiro said she drew the picture in keeping with the Anti-Defamation League’s mission, which works to stop bigotry, anti-Semitism and extremism.

The contest is a partnership between the Anti-Defamation League, the Boston Children’s Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. As part of the contest’s awards, Ribeiro’s artwork will be shown in both museums starting early next year. She plans to go to Massachusetts to see her drawing on display.

“That’s really exciting for me,” she said.