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Kendall student earns gold ribbon in state Symphony in Color contest

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A young artist at Kendall Elementary School was recently named one of only 36 gold ribbon honorees in the annual Symphony in Color statewide art competition, and several other Marion Community Schools students were chosen among the 100 finalists in the competition.

Kellsie Lee, in fourth grade at Kendall, earned a prestigious gold ribbon. Her artwork will be on display at the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis through March 26.


A panel of judges selected 100 pieces as finalists, out of more than 30,000 submitted by students around the state. The full display of finalists' work will be open from April 2 through May 4 at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

All six of the artists submitted from Kendall Elementary were chosen as finalists (including the gold ribbon winner, Kellsie). Several other students from Marion earned that designation as well. The finalists from Marion Community Schools elementaries are:
  • Kolton Andrick, fourth grade, Kendall
  • Amayah Habegger, first grade, Kendall
  • Hailey Mauller, first grade, Frances Slocum
  • Mya Mezick, fourth grade, Frances Slocum
  • Nicholas Smith, third grade, Kendall
  • Da’Vion Speikes, fourth grade, Kendall
  • Karmen Thompson, third grade, Frances Slocum
  • Valencia Vasquez, first grade, Kendall
>> Click here to see a photo gallery of the students' artwork

Marion Community Schools congratulates all of these young artists on their awards, and expresses gratitude to art teacher Karen Fry for the opportunities and guidance she provides all year long to our students!

More than 30,000 students in grades one through six participate in the annual competition, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association along with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Each year five musical selections are chosen from the current ISO season, and art teachers across the state utilize the selections in a special activity in which students produce artwork inspired by the music played for them.

This year’s musical selections:
  • Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 (“Emperor”), by Ludwig von Beethoven
  • “Invitation to the Dance” Op. 65, by Carl Maria von Weber, arranged by Hector Berlioz
  • “Music for the Royal Fireworks” by George Frideric Handel
  • Second Movement of Symphony No. 101 in D Major (“The Clock”), by Joseph Haydn
  • “What the Wild Flowers Tell Me” by Gustav Mahler, arranged by Benjamin Britten