As Dodge City continues to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the town's founding in 1872, an art contest has involved area students in the process.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade were invited to explore and express Dodge City's history through the "Celebrate Dodge City" contest.


      As Dodge City continues to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the town's founding in 1872, an art contest has involved area students in the process.
     Students in kindergarten through 12th grade were invited to explore and express Dodge City's history through the "Celebrate Dodge City" contest.
     "The contest, which has been combined with the Western Heritage of Southwest Kansas People and Places contest that Dr. and Mrs. Trotter have sponsored in previous years, is our way of encouraging students to find out more about the history and heritage of the area they live in," said Melissa McCoy, project development coordinator for the city of Dodge City.
     In March, three historic venues presented programs highlighting various aspects of Dodge City history. Boot Hill Museum covered the beginning of commerce in Dodge City, the Santa Fe Depot covered how the railroad came to this part of the country and how it helped Dodge City get its start, and Carnegie Center for the Arts focused on Dodge City's famous cattle trails.
     Depending on their age, students were invited to submit two-dimensional art works, three-dimensional pieces, an essay or article, or a video project.
     The Celebrate Dodge City project received 344 Art Projects from grades K-12. Cash prizes totaling $1,150 will be awarded in each category and each age group. The prizes range from $25 to $200.
     McCoy hopes to create displays of the entries that will rotate through various venues around town.
     "We'll highlight all the projects, not just the winners," McCoy said.
     The contest is sponsored by Dr. R.C. and Mary Trotter, the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Dodge City Daily Globe, the Dodge City Arts Council and the City of Dodge City. Prizes are sponsored by the Trotters and the Dodge City CVB.

     The prizes will be awarded and the winners will be announced at the Mary Spurgeon reception and unveiling at 4 p.m. Monday at the Magouirk Conference Center. Dr. and Mrs. Trotter and Jan Stevens of the CVB will announce and recognize the winners at the reception.  
 
Winners of the Celebrate Dodge City art competition

Kindergarten:
2D Art:
1st Prize: Ceshen Martinez Goldworm, Northwest Elementary
2nd Prize: Cameron Danler, Northwest Elementary
3rd Prize: Riley Kipper, Northwest Elementary
3D Art:
1st Prize: Henry Meitner, Sacred Heart

1st and 2nd grade:
2D Art:
1st Prize: Mary Kate Foster, 2nd Grade, Sacred Heart
2nd Prize: Daniel De Casas, 2nd Grade, Ross Elementary
3rd Prize: Mario Valverde, 2nd Grade, Sunnyside School
Honorable Mention: Christina Pena, 1st Grade, Sublette Elementary
Honorable Mention: Jace Lee, 1st Grade, Sublette Elementary
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Cox, 2nd Grade, Sacred Heart
Honorable Mention: Anthony Valente, 2nd Grade, Sunnyside
Honorable Mention: Christian Garcia, 2nd Grade, Sacred Heart
3D
1st Prize: Julia Meitner, 2nd Grade, Sacred Heart
2nd Prize: Mr. Smithhisler’s class collage, Sacred Heart

3rd and 4th Grade:
2D Art:
1st Prize: Karen Marquez, 4th Grade, Beeson Elementary
2nd Prize: Childera Okoro, 4th Grade, Ross Elementary
3rd Prize: Ryan Parga, 4th Grade, Ross Elementary
3D Art:
2nd Prize: Eran Macias, 4th Grade, Beeson Elementary

5th and 6th Grade:
2D Art:
1st Prize: Sarah Martinez, 6th Grade, Sublette Elementary
2nd Prize: Shelby Thornton, 5th Grade, Sublette Elementary
3rd Prize: Tien Duang, 6th Grade, Soule Intermediate
Honorable Mention: Martha Wall, 6th Grade, Sublette Elementary

Middle School:
2D Art:
1st Prize: Francisco Cota, DCMS
2nd Prize: Maria Salas, DCMS
3rd Prize: Zalma Molina, DCMS
Honorable Mention: Crystal Estrada, DCMS
Honorable Mention: Isaac Argumedo, DCMS

Dodge City High School
2D Art:
1st Prize: Rose Duong, DCHS
2nd Prize: Anabel Reyes, DCHS
3rd Prize: Esdras Aguirre, DCHS
Honorable Mention: Brittany Neave, DCHS
Honorable Mention: Megan Gerard, DCHS
Honorable Mention: Gustavo Fernandez, DCHS