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Student artists face off in mural competition
by Zack Steen
Dec 21, 2016 | 1927 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local art students recently finished adding festive holiday scenes to the front windows of Corinth’s Ford dealership.

The project allows school supporters to cast their vote for their favorite Christmas themed hand-painted murals in the 4th Annual Long Lewis Ford Art Competition. A photo of each school’s mural is on the Long Lewis Facebook page awaiting likes, shares and tags.

“Each school was assigned four windows to use. We supplied them with a quart of seven different paint colors and other needed supplies,” said Long Lewis Internet Coordinator Amber McGill. “Once the murals were completed, we took pictures and posted them on our business Facebook account.”

All four Alcorn County high schools have until Dec. 31 to promote their mural. The mural with the most likes, shares and tags at the end of the contest will win a $500 cash prize to be used as needed in that school’s art department.

“We also provided each school with a sheet of plywood for a cut out,” she said. “Photos messaged to us with the cut out will earn that school 10 extra points.”

McGill said each like will count as one point. The mural with the most points at the end of the contest will win.
Students were required to tie in their school and the Ford emblem to the window design.

Alcorn Central High School’s mural is called “Rudolph's Daydream” and spotlights Santa “thumbing a ride” back to the North Pole. Students participating were Jyllian Jones, Brendan Wilkins, Shelby Mincy, Shianna Lokey, Colton Little, Christina Smith and Lauren Canton.

The mural created by Biggersville High School students is called “Oh Holy Night” and features the work of Izaiah Belue, Mack Mitchell, Bryson Hill, Bryson Johnson, Ashleigh Brooks, Brooklyn Godwin, Brylee Donald, Rachel Choate, Devyn Walker and Brandon Williams.

Corinth High School’s mural pays tribute to Long Lewis and is titled “A Christmas Tradition”. Students participating included Cathryn Corbitt, Harlea Shaw, Baylee Howard, Jayne, Mattie McGrath, Olivia Knight, Ellis Counce, Mary Helen Edmonson, Annie Monroe, Hannah Cooley, Heather Pauss, Codie Lyn Vanderford, Tanner Hathcock, Imani, Molly Lambert, Daevon Patterson, McKinley King and Melanie Dunn.

“A Sweet Ride” is the title of Kossuth High School’s mural and connects gingerbread cookies to the sweetness of a new car. Student artists included Courtney Rinehart, Ben Martin, Alexis Holley, Andrew Rainey, Kayla Lee and Travis Williams.

“It is great to see the creative minds of our youth,” said Long Lewis Finance Director Allen Martin. “This is the fourth year of our high schools art departments and Long Lewis working together to display their abilities. I am looking forward to seeing where the competition can grow from here.”

The winner will be announced the first week of January.

(To vote, visit and search Long Lewis Ford Lincoln of Corinth.)
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