April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Family Advocates used this time as an opportunity to educate families about the reality of abuse and neglect in our own community. As part of the initiative, Family Advocates invited high school students from LaPorte County to participate in the "Agents of Change" art contest to raise awareness. The submitted projects were judged at the First Friday's event in the Uptown Arts District in Michigan City and then displayed in Horizon Bank lobbies throughout the month.
The theme "Agents of Change" attempted to prompt students to create an artistic expression about how someone could influence child abuse prevention awareness in their community. All participants are considered to be "Agents of Change" in contributing to awareness efforts. The following are this year's winners:
Our third place winner is: Samantha Ann Lanier (Samantha comes up and award is presented)
Samantha, a senior at Michigan City High School submitted a digital image design which she describes it to mean:
"It's how you can speak up about what's happening and how they shouldn't be afraid."
Our second place winner is: Gabriella Renteria (Gabriella comes up and award is presented)
Gabriella is a Junior at Michigan City High School and also submitted a digital image design which she describes it to mean:
"My piece shows the past and present life of a child; one where they are happy and safe and one in which they are in danger. Yet, in the center, it is the middle time where they find help."
Our first place winner is: Danielle Dickey (Danielle comes up and award is presented)
Danielle is a senior at Indiana Connections Academy and she submitted a sculpture which she describes it to mean:
"This sculpture represents unity and togetherness. To be an agent of change against abuse, you need a good foundation to establish trust and support. The color blue represent child abuse."
Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you for choosing to make a difference in your community by being an agent of change."