Ornamemt committee co-chair Barb Dasti holds winning ornaments from the past five years. Left is the most recent winner, by student Dylan Demkovich. / Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com
It was a fairly quick and near-unanimous group decision, but the results are going to have to percolate a bit before being announced.
The occasion was the annual judging of Christmas tree ornament drawings by Marco Island Charter Middle School students. One of them will materialize in ceramic form and be sold in the weeks before Christmas 2014 to help raise funds for the related holiday activities enjoyed by islanders.
The 2013 ornament is on sale at Marco Island Center for the Arts, Marco Island Florist, Marco Chamber offices on Collier Boulevard, Salon & Spa Botanica as well as Keep in Touch at the Shops of Marco, Marco Craft and Shell at the Town Center, Nov. 12 at the Christmas Island Style spaghetti dinner at San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall, and at Santa’s arrival at the Shops of Marco, Nov. 29. More details are available at the christmasislandstyle.com website.
Judges Dave Baer, Assistant Chief of Police; Jack Patterson, Chairman Planning Board; Dianna Dohm, Mutual of Omaha Bank business development director; Pat Rutledge, Board of Directors, Marco Island Historical Society, Dr. Mike Early, Marco Island Center for the Arts and County Commissioner Donna Fiala convened Friday, Nov. 1 to view the drawings and make their decision.
Up until five years ago, members of the Christmas Island Style ornament team would simply choose items from a brochure, but then Bette McGilvray and Barb Dasti decided to let local students have a shot instead.
The idea worked perfectly, as is obvious from the accompanying picture.
“It gives them (the students) self-esteem and motivates the next group for the following year,” McGilvray said.
Find out who the winners are, plus have a look at their creative drawings, in the November 7 edition of the Marco Island Sun Times.