Students from all schools in the county submitted written projects that would fit in 30-second radio spots, and winners were selected by the schools before being sent to a group of community judges. The students utilized various writing prompts related to Christmas and the holiday season to craft their pieces.
The winners of the contest each received a copy of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” written by Charles M. Schulz, along with t-shirts and certificates for a meal at McDonald’s.
The event began with a welcome by Supt. Henry Webb and continued with introductions by Dr. Patricia Watson, a recognition of partners by Jeff Stumbo, board member, recognition of school coordinators and community judges, and a recognition of the students by school representatives, Rick Caudill, WMDJ Radio, and Cindy Wiley and Donna Kesner from McDonalds.
Also at the event, Sarah Joseph, a teacher at South Floyd High School, presented musical selections and a slide-show featuring the students.
Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child is a partnership program between the Floyd County Board of Education, WMDJ Radio and McDonalds.
The winners were Adams Middle School: Dakota Collins, Cody Craft,
Savannah McIntyre, Makayla Minix, Jacob Calhoun, Autumn Hall, Mahla Little, Lance Phillips, Terry Adams, Blake Baldridge, Kristen Hall and Zach Slone. Allen Central High School: Reta Newsome, Cassie Hyden, April Conley, Laken Parsons, Candra Hicks, Katie Gibson, Bradley Fields, Morgan Sexton, Caitlin Kidd, Cody Case, Alexis Parsons andTimmy Tackett
Allen Central Middle School: Joseph Blake Branham, Rico Dominguez, Chelsea Frasure, Tyler Manns, Melanie Mills, Faith Mitchell, Heather Murphy, Destiny Niece, Kaitlyn Ousley, Caitlin Shepherd, Kari Watkins and Bailey Wright. Allen Elementary School: McKenna Wireman, Austin Yates, Zachary Conn, Timothy Click, Reesce Endicott, Nicole Burchett, Katie Hicks, Chase Elswick, Chelsea Woods, Dakota Conn, Tessa Jarvis and Ashley Sparks.
Betsy Layne Elementary School: Katie Kidd, Josh Hall, Sheyanne McCoy, Madison Hall, Tristan Case, Zach Akers, Kyle Watkins, Drew Stumbo, Ethan Coleman, Jonathan Collum, Meghan Wilson and Nathan Brinager.
Betsy Layne High School: Michael Tuers, Courtney Burgess, Ricky John Justice, Marissa Thompson, Heather Johnson, Cody Slone, Kayla Lassiter, Brittany Gibson, Chris Walker, Vanessa Sloan, Tyler Blackburn and Leanna Hall.
Duff Elementary School: Abigail McKay Jervis, Camron Allen, Austin Blackburn, Logan Turner, Kevin Chaffins, Cassidy Conn, Jackson Dye, Adison Hall, Alexis Hall, Hailey Hamilton, Lannah Hicks and Braxton Castle.
May Valley Elementary School: Carly Lafferty, Joshua Bracken, Sahara Little, James Conn, Rebecca Watkins, Natalie Lester, Michael Carver, Hannah Martin, Virginia Walker, Mackynzie Samons, John Hancock and Allen Michael May.
McDowell Elementary School: Lauren Gearheart, Lyndsay Cook, Brooklyn Moore, Makayla Isbell, Matana Williams, Christian Crider, Cameron Crider, Kacie Tackett, Haggin Sexton, Josh Newsome, Amber Stumbo and Kailey Shannon.
Opportunities Unlimited: Josh Adkins, Tiffany Bentley, Megan Coleman, Justin Dollar, Betty Carroll, Jamie Crisp, Aaron Hoover, Chris Howell, Michael Hill, Steffanie Martin, Kristen Layne and Curtis Tackett.
Osborne Elementary School: Jacob Johnson, Colton Green, Carly Akers, Emily Hill, Jacob Williamson, Alexis Daniels, Dawson Ballenger, Dalton Matthew Johnson, Alexis Lawson, Tabitha Collett, Daniel Thornsberry and Haley Jarvis.
Prestonsburg Elementary School: Jaxson Goble, Grace Tackett, Brett Davis, Kate Lackey, Wesley Depoy, Shelby Hatfield,Tyler Holbrook, Katie Bentley, Sarah Hackworth, Beth Burchett, Blade Slone and Katelin Meade.
Prestonsburg High School: Danielle Begley, Nikki Bradley, Kim Chaffins, Krystal Clark, Devin Clifton, Cortneh Cottrell, Brittany Marsillett, Erica Meade, Danielle Stevens, Savanah Wright, Rachel Poston and Brad Stanley.
South Floyd High School: Sarah Caldwell, Chantelle Hamilton, Latisha Carr, Annie Hall, Dylan Mullins, Cheyenne Sloan, Trent Blevins, Adrian Neeley, Lance Johnson, Tyler Hall, Brandon Ray and Andrea Hamilton.
South Floyd Middle School: Summer Tackett, Megan Bates, Joslyn Isaac, Adrieanna Kidd, Michaela Gayheart, Audrey Rose, Whitney Flanery, Randi Holbrook, Jonna Isaac, Molly Tucker, Tesa Isaac and Madison Howell.
Stumbo Elementary School: Taryn Hamilton, Byron Hall, Timera Thacker, Marcus Hall, Chase Newman, Deanna Kidd, Kate Jones, Samuel Hall, Tiara Thacker, Derrick Hall, Megan Stumbo, Dexter Kidd and Brady Slone.