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Pens, crayons or brushes in hand, more than 100 local middle school students over the past two months set about drawing their unique interpretations of burrowing owls.

Up for grabs was the honor of having their particular drawing chosen and turned into the 2016 Christmas ornament, an annual component of the Christmas Island Style series of events, and chaired by Bette McGilvray and Barb Dasti.

Over at the Marco Island Center for the Arts Friday last week, McGilvray and Dasti roped in eight local personalities who in turn browsed the drawings and then turned in their votes for the one most suitable for an ornament.

First place went to 8th Grade student Kamira Hase, second to fellow 8th Grader Sophie Aylwin and third to 7th Grader Allison Horshler. Abby Fowler, Kendall Jacobs and Olivia Mundie, all 7th Graders, received honorable mentions.

All participating students are taught by Marco Island Charter Middle School students Gigi Garraty.

Judges were State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, attorney Craig Woodward, city planning board chair Charlette Roman, bank president Tom Wagor, bank business development officer Keith Dameron, Historical Society enterprise manager Lori Wagor, mortgage specialist Brandy Simpson, and Art Center executive director Hyla Crane

Winners will be introduced to the public at the annual treelighting ceremony Nov. 28 at 6 pm. at Veterans Community Park.

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