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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Local girl wins Johnston Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Christmas card contest

Christmas card contest winner Bella Clark shows off her winning entry. From left to right, Dr. Jeff Noe, assistant superintendent of Washington County Virginia Public Schools; Samantha Null, art teacher at Watauga Elementary; Stacey Ely, director of Virginia community/government relations for Mountain States Health Alliance; Bella Clark, contest winner; Jodi Kemple, chair of Johnston Memorial Hospital Foundation board; and Stan Hickson, VP/CEO of Johnston Memorial Hospital.ABINGDON, Va. – For 10-year-old Bella Clark, creating the winning piece of artwork to be sent out to community members was a fun and exciting experience.

The fifth-grader at Watauga Elementary School submitted a design that was one of more than 150 entries for this year’s Christmas card contest sponsored by Johnston Memorial Hospital Foundation. This is the third year for the contest, which previously included only children and grandchildren of Johnston Memorial Hospital’s team members. Because of its growing interest in the community, the foundation decided to open it up this year to local schools.

"I think it was a really good idea to have this contest and to include kids from the county to showcase their talent. I am so excited about winning,” said Clark. “I was nervous about entering because I didn't know what other people were drawing, but I'm so glad that I did it."

Bella’s art, which is a drawing of Rudolph at the North Pole, will be used as the cover of the Johnston Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 2017 Christmas card. It will also be framed and auctioned off at the 2018 Boots & Bow Ties fundraising event in May, benefiting the foundation.

“Including artwork from a local student on the Foundation’s annual Christmas card is a wonderful way to acknowledge the special relationship between the hospital and the children in our community,” said Jodi Kemple, chair of the Johnston Memorial Hospital Foundation board.

Six elementary schools in the Washington County School System participated. Bella’s winning picture was chosen by the team members at Johnston Memorial Hospital. They voted on the art, which was displayed in the hospital lobby. Bella won a $100 gift card to Toys “R” Us for her design.

"We’re very proud of all our elementary student artists, and we’re grateful to the team at Johnston Memorial Hospital for recognizing the gift of art in our schools,” said Dr. Brian Ratliff, Superintendent of Washington County Virginia Public Schools. “Through this contest, our students were able to share their talents and interests with so many others in the community.

“Our partnership with Johnston Memorial Hospital is highly regarded and appreciated.”