An art contest put on by the Diocese of Knoxville to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life attracted more than 100 entries, with four students ranging in age from kindergarten to high school selected as winners.
Bishop Richard F. Stika presented awards to the four winners – Mary Zengel, Sofia Filigenzi, Kailey Kear, and Rachel Howard – during a recognition luncheon April 11 in the Shea Room at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The bishop
was joined by Sister Mary Charles Mayer, RSM, associate chancellor for pastoral services and delegate to the religious for the diocese.
The contest’s theme was “Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living!” The theme was inspired by Pope Francis.
Mary, a kindergarten student at St. Joseph School in Knoxville who attends Immaculate Conception Church with her parents, Andy and Caroline Zengel, won for artwork she created of St. Therese.
Sofia, a fourth-grade student at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge who attends St. Mary Church with her parents, Marc and Maria Filigenzi, won for her color pastel of a “Wake up the world!” heart.
Kailey, an eighth-grade student who attends St. John Neumann Church in Farragut with her mother, Christine Kear, won for her large painting of the Eucharist, hands and Bible stories.
Rachel, a senior at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga who attends Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church with her parents, Mandy and Clarence Howard, won for her color artwork depicting a Phoenix.
The contest, open to all students of the Catholic faith living in the diocese, began with Catholic Schools Week Jan. 25-29 and continued through February. The competition was split into age groups for students in kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grades, grades sixth through eighth, and students in high school.
There was one winner from each age group.
“We hoped the quote from Pope Francis would inspire the kids to think about consecrated life and their own vocation,” Sister Mary Charles said.
The winners represented each of the diocese’s four deaneries – Smoky Mountain, Cumberland Mountain, Five Rivers, and Chattanooga.