Children receive awards for depicting Jesus delivering the good news

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In 12-year-old Amber Romero’s mind, Jesus is a high-tech savior who would use an iPod to personally preach the good news.

Amber’s artistic portrayal of Jesus speaking to a young girl through an iPod recently won her the $250 first prize in an art contest sponsored by the Catholic Communication Campaign of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The contest had asked for children in grades one through six to depict Jesus personally delivering the good news through a medium of their choice.

In Amber’s award-winning depiction, Jesus tells the young girl, “Good news … I love you with all my heart and you should love everyone the same way.”

Amber attends Perth Amboy Catholic in Perth Amboy, N.J., in the Diocese of Metuchen and was among several young winners from across the country in the CCC contest.

Nina Doyle, 12, of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Boca Raton, Fla., in the Diocese of Palm Beach, won the $150 second-place award for her depiction of Jesus in a computer pop-up ad that said, “This is NOT a virus! To hear the good news of Jesus click the ‘Next’ button.”

The $100 third-place prize went to Kaylee Slafkosky of St. Mary’s School in Crown Point, Ind., in the Diocese of Gary, for her drawing that shows a message from Jesus being sent around the world as a child reads it on a computer.

CCC also gave out 18 honorable mention certificates, including six to students from the Metuchen Diocese, three to students from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and two to entrants from the Archdiocese of Miami.

The children’s artwork shows Jesus using modern transportation and even a rock concert to deliver his message, although some children chose to depict Jesus using more traditional ways, such as preaching at Mass or knocking on doors.

The artwork shows that the children see both media and Jesus as being part of their lives, according to Ramon Rodriguez, CCC director of development.

“The children’s art clearly conveys Jesus’ message that he loves each and every one of them,” he said in a statement.

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Editor’s Note: The winning entries can be seen online at: http://www.CatholicCommunicationCampaign.org.

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