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Students in the Palmetto State Dominate poetry and art contest

Friday, June 11, 2021 7:36 AM | Anonymous
Students in the Palmetto State Dominate poetry and art contest

South Carolina garnered nearly half of all national winners in the National Career Development Association’s 55th annual poetry and art contest celebrating National Career Development Month.

The theme for the 55th annual Poetry & Art contest was "My Future Career: Imagine the Possibilities!" And imagine the possibilities they did -- Palmetto State students had 23 winning submissions of the 48 at the national level, 9 of which were first place, according to state contest coordinator Kimberly Cartledge.

Cartledge is a member of the South Carolina Career Development Association, the local division of NCDA. The SCCDA is an all-inclusive and collaborative statewide organization of more than 90 industry professionals that connect on issues, policies and practices relating to career and workforce development, pathways, and transitions while inspiring one another to grow professionally!

The winning art and poetry entries for each division are displayed on the NCDA website, http://www.ncda.org, and at the upcoming Global Career Development Conference. National winners also receive a special certificate from NCDA.

Winners from South Carolina in each division are below:


Primary K-2

1st- Mackenzie Mallicoat 

2nd- Ashlynn Mallicoat 

Middle 6-8

2nd- Maricella Gonzalez 

Senior 9-12

1st-Cora Weems 

Adult -open

1st- Linda Maxwell 

2nd- Jamie Langston 

Art: Category C-1

Primary K-2

1st- Keyli Andrade

2nd- Ivanielz Melendez Gonzalez

Intermediate 3-5

2nd- Oliver Atkins

Middle 6-8

1st- Maricella Gonzalez 

2nd-Lucy Pruitt 

3rd- Jodi McHugh

Senior 9-12

1st- Ashley Felipe 

2nd- Alejandra Carranza-Lima 

Art : Category C-2

Primary K-2

1st- Isabella Jennings 

2nd-Kennedy Cooper

Intermediate 3-5

2nd- Emily Serna 

3rd- Adalyn Simmons 

Middle 6-8

1st- Willow Wrighton 

3rd- Madison Egge 

Senior 9-12

1st- Reagan Taylor

2nd- Madison Kudrick

3rd- Derek Burk

In addition to coordinating the state art and poetry contest, SCCDA provides state-specific services to public and professionals involved with or interested in career development, including professional development activities, industry related resources, professional standards, advocacy and recognition for achievement and service.

For more information on SCCDA or to become a member, go to https://sccda.wildapricot.org/join-us.

Thank you,




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