First Lady Cathy Justice announces winners of the 2022 First Lady Student Ornament Competition and Best Bow Christmas Contest – 2 from Southern WV

CHARLESTON, WV — This year’s winners of the First Lady Student Ornament Competition and the inaugural Best Bow Christmas Contest were announced over the weekend at the annual Joyful Night Celebration at the Capitol Complex. 

First Lady’s Student Ornament Competition

The First Lady Student Ornament Competition is a holiday tradition that encourages students across the state to submit ornaments around a special theme. This year, the theme was “Nutcrackers,” with the winners displayed in the Great Hall of the Culture Center in Charleston, along with the other ornaments that were submitted. The First Lady Student Ornament Competition had over 280 entries, the most entries the competition has ever received.

“I am thrilled by the number of students who participated in our Student Ornament Competition this year,” First Lady Justice said. “The Governor and I love seeing the ornaments that are sent in each year. I think everyone got excited about the Nutcracker theme, and the response was really great.”

Each winning class will be awarded a $100 gift card to purchase art supplies. The winners of the four age groups are below:
1st Grade Class
Misty Belcher, Teacher
Mercer Christian Academy
4th Grade/5th Grade Split Class
Jill Maynard, Teacher
Genoa Elementary School
Special Education Class
Crystal Huffman-Warner, Teacher
Pendleton County Middle/High School
9th-12th3-way tie10th Grade Ceramic II Class
Serenity McNeeley, Student
Leslee Smith, Teacher
Huntington High School
Art II Class
Gracie Skeens, Student
Danielle Hunt, Teacher
Nitro High School
Theater and Engineering Class
Tim James, Teacher
Cabell Midland High School

Best Bow Christmas Contest

The Best Bow Christmas Contest winners can also be seen on a special Christmas tree in the Great Hall of the Culture Center.

“This year, I thought that it would be fun to do something different with a Christmas bow making competition,” First Lady Justice said. “We had so many lovely and unique entries that it was difficult to decide which one would take the prize. I thank everyone who participated and encourage everyone to come visit this beautiful tree.”

Each winner will be awarded a gift card: 1st place – $300, 2nd place – $200, and 3rd place – $100. The winners of the contest are below:
 1st Place
Alica J. Williams
Beckley, WV
Raleigh County
2nd Place
Lydia Scibek
Milton, WV
Cabell County
3rd Place
Lee McQueen
Bridgeport, WV
Harrison County