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Contest for student 'conflict resolution' artwork begins in Maryland

Posted at 11:17 AM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 21:19:21-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — In a month, the Maryland Judiciary will see which students in the state have the artistic skills to help promote peacemaking.

The 14th annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest coincides with Conflict Resolution Day on Thursday, October 17. The contest is open to Maryland students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Students can create bookmarks with the theme of resolving or preventing conflict. Topics include: peer mediation, talking things out, apologizing, respecting differences, solving problems together, listening, tolerance, building peace, inclusion, and alternatives to violence.

"We want to encourage students to resolve conflicts peacefully," Mary Ellen Barbera, the Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, said in a release.

More than 1200 students from across the state participated with 13 bookmarks chosen as the winners and 14 as honorable mentions.

Submissions will be judged on artistry, creativity and message. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place in three age groups: grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. For each age group, the prize awards will be $75 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 place.

Winners and their families will be invited to a ceremony and reception in Annapolis on Thursday, December 5. Entries are due by Thursday, October 17.

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