Kids Tag Art winners announced

AVON PARK - Fifty-one Kids Tag Art Award of Distinction winners were recognized for their creativity April 6 at a reception hosted by the Highlands County Tax Collector at the SFSC University Center. 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. Winners in attendance were each presented with an award of distinction certificate in front of a sizeable crowd consisting of parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers and principals. From the pool of 51 winners, three students were selected to receive the Tax Collector’s Choice, Alan Jay Choice and Champion for Children Foundation Choice awards.
Each winner was the recipient of 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 Melani Osorio from Lake Placid Elementary. Layton Sapp of Lakeview Christian received the Champion for Children Foundation Choice Award from Kevin J. Roberts, and Alan Jay Wildstein presented Anearie Watson from Fred Wild Elementary 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 one 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 from going to the school’s art program. Kids Tag Art plates can be purchased for $25 by going to and selecting the Kids Tag Art link. For more information about the program, call Karen Jackson at 402-6695.