SEBRING - Fifty-three Kids Tag Art Awards of Distinction winners were recognized for their artistic creativity Feb. 13 at a reception hosted by the Highlands County Tax Collector at Circle Theatre.
The winning designs were selected from more than 1,000 entries created in fifth- grade classrooms earlier this year and chosen by a panel of judges organized by the Highlands Art League.
A crowd of nearly 200 parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers, principals and local dignitaries were in attendance to see the winning students accept their awards.
Three winners were selected to receive the Tax Collector's Choice, Alan Jay Choice and Champion for Children Foundation Choice awards. Winners got a framed copy of their design and a $50 gift card.
The winner of the Tax Collector's Choice Award, presented by Eric Zwayer, was Jose Vasquez of Avon Elementary.
Kaylub Lindsey from Memorial Elementary received the Champion for Children Foundation Choice Award from CEO Kevin J. Roberts, and Don Elwell, director of marketing and public relations for Alan Jay Automotive Network, presented another Memorial student, Taivion Coston, with the Alan Jay Choice Award.
After the ceremony, each presenter attached the winning tag to the front of their vehicles where it will remain for an entire year.
Kids Tag Art is a countywide art program of the Highlands County Tax Collector and sponsored by the Champion for Children Foundation and Alan Jay Automotive Network in conjunction with the School Board of Highlands County, Highlands Art League and Douglass Screen Printers.
License plates designed in the classroom can be produced and sold as front-end vanity plates with the proceeds going to the school's art program. Kids Tag Art plates can be purchased for $25 by going to www.hctaxcollector.com and selecting the Kids Tag Art link.
For more information, call Karen Jackson at the Highlands County Tax Collector's office at 402-6695.