I just got off the phone with a father thanking me for publishing his daughter several years ago. We often have calls such as this, but this one was different. He told the story that it was our contest and the recognition that it gave in making his daughter a published writer that really gave her the confidence to excel. We also hear that often. However, his daughter, 15 year old Meredith Graf, has gone beyond the normal high school accomplishments to national recognition. To understand the prodigy that she is you can read more here.
In our art contest, due to her gift as an exceptional artist, Meredith has made an ethical decision to not enter. However, her father related that she wants to give back to Creative Communication, the sister company to CelebratingArt.com, by designing a book cover for us. The pictures below are Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Russell and a portrait of President Bush that is on display in his residence.
We love it when we hear the stories behind the contest entry. It humanizes the words and the art and helps us see the student who did the work. One teacher, several years ago, offered our contest to his or her students. The result was a confident young women who is changing her world and the world around her. Thank you to that teacher for giving the students this opportunity. Thank you Meredith for sharing your work. We hope that more teachers will use our contests to give students the confidence to know that they can succeed.