Local students win Scottish art contest; Artwork from Athens and Limestone County on display in Stonehaven, Scotland, business

By  | October 22, 2021 | Filed under: News

ATHENS-Summer life in Athens and Limestone County is on display in a Scotland business as part of an art contest where local students created their impressions of “My Summer.”


Athens is a Sister City with the Stonehaven and NE Scotland Twinning Group, as is Acheres, France. The twinning group held an art contest for students here, Acheres students and Dunnottar School students in Scotland. The contest challenged students to express their summer. All the entries are on display at the Stonehaven David Street Co-op in Stonehaven, Scotland. The store set aside space for this “Wall of Art.”


Students from Athens and Limestone County ranging in ages from 3 to 16 created pieces that reflected their summer, such as:

  • Eating ice cream in Athens
  • Taking vacations
  • Working in a dog kennel
  • Swimming
  • Reading scripture at church
  • Photographing what they saw in nature
  • Playing video games
  • Sharing their impressions of Athens meeting Stonehaven


On Wednesday, Oct. 20, Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks presented the awards while twinning group member Richard Holman-Baird watched via Zoom from Stonehaven and told the students, “Well done.”


Athens winners per age group are:


  • Winner: Kathrene Travare, Age 5, Coxey Church of Christ, watching fireworks at the beach and seeing flowers


  • Winner: Avonlea Bahro, Age 7, getting ice cream at Kreme Delite, feeding ducks at the Duck Pond, going to the beach and zoo


  • Winner: Emma Lovell, Age 16, Athens Bible School, walking the dog, ballet and Kreme Delite.


Prizes for the three winners included Stonehaven, Scotland, and Athens merchandise and treats. Each participant received “I love Stonehaven” lapel pins, an Athens bicentennial coin and treats.


“These prizes are our recognition to all our twinning friends and children who helped make our Twinning Group Summer Art competition such a great success,” said Phil Mills-Bishop, chair of the Stonehaven and NE Scotland Twinning Group.


Marks said the art competition is a wonderful way to share ideas about each community. The Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission plans to offer a similar contest to the Scottish students later this year.


“Art allows students to express thoughts they may not want to share verbally,” Marks said. “This has been a confidence boost to students as well because our Sister City friends display their creations in another country. How many students can say their artwork has been on display overseas?”


Here is a list of the other student artists who participated:


Emma Lovell

Zadie Malone

Arabella Parsons

Maddie Tanksley

Maggie Nash

Avery Boston

Tyler Sampieri

Will Pace

Jack Weathers

Ally Shaver

Selah Parsons

Jim Weathers

EllaGrace Sampieri

Henry Pace

Snow Lily Travare

Kathrene Travare

Bailey Resendez

Avonlea Bahro

Jaxson Posey

Hadley Carter

Emilee Wilson




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