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Decorated train ornaments fill Cultural Council's Christmas tree

By Camille Doty
Dec. 2, 2011 at 6:02 a.m.

Frank Jaramillo, Howell Middle School, first place, junior high category.

List of winners:

Rosemary Daugherty, first place

Judith Hauboldt, second place

Kate Tucker, St. Joseph's High School, first place

Sarah Hermes, St. Joseph's High School, second place

Frank Jaramillo, Howell Middle School, first place

Elda Moreno, Stroman Middle School, second place

Trains of all colors, dimensions and glitter-appeal were among the winners of the Cultural Council of Victoria's Seventh Annual Christmas Ornament Contest.

There were 250 entries from junior high and high school students and adults from the area. Each person was given a wooden template of a locomotive, and the rest was left up to their imaginations.

Frank Jaramillo, a student at Howell Middle School, said he drew inspiration from his teacher. "She always tells me to do my best, and I entered," he said of his teacher Blanca Sanchez.

He received the first place prize for the junior high students.

Art teacher Judith Hauboldt used a rainbow fantasy appeal to give a 3-D look to her train entry. She sprinkled white powder on top for snow.

"I just wanted to have fun with my students," said the Stroman Middle School instructor.

Hauboldt placed second in the adult category. This was her first time to participate in the contest.

One of her students, Elda Moreno, also received a second-place award in the junior high category. She said the ornament helped her get into the holiday spirit.

"I really like Christmas," Moreno said.

Sarah Hermes drew inspiration from her youth to make her Polar Express ornament decked in rhinestones.

"I was so excited thinking about Santa and the stuff he would bring me," said the St. Joseph's High School senior.

Sarah's classmate, Kate Tucker, was pleasantly surprised by the announcement.

Kate, who placed first in the high school category, said "It was challenging at first, but then it was fun."

Rosemary Daugherty placed first in the adult division. All the locomotive entries plus some ornaments will adorn the 14-foot tree in the lobby at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Christmas.

"We're very pleased with the outcome," said Joe Baugh, executive director.

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