Youth Art Contest Winners' Creativity On Display at Booth Family Hall of Athletics

March 9, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The creative artwork of area grade-school children is on display this month at the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse. The display is the handiwork of children who were declared winners in Kansas Athletics’ inaugural Art Contest, a celebration of Youth Art Month.

The contest was open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Artwork was judged in three levels: kindergarten through second grade, third through fourth and fifth through sixth.

The Hall received some six dozen entries in a variety of mediums, representing this year’s theme, “Anything Jayhawk!” Artwork was judged on the basis of creativity, originality and overall impression.

All winning artwork will be displayed in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics throughout March. First-place winners will receive a personal congratulatory letter signed by all KU head coaches, as well as recognition during a KU softball game this spring.

The judging panel included the following: current student-athletes Kate Goff, tennis, and Jessica Sadler, rowing; Head Coaches Stanley Redwine, cross country/track and field, and Megan Smith, softball; Candace Dunback, director of traditions, and K Club members former women’s basketball student-athlete Vickie Lowe, and Mike Rivera, a former football student-athlete who is currently a member of the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins. The K Club is Kansas Athletics’ former student-athletes’ association.

“It was fun seeing the artwork and how much creativity, care and time the kids put into it,” Rivera said. “It’s uplifting to see how all the kids showed their pride in KU and how positive they feel about the Jayhawks. They’re all winners to me.”

The winners are:

Kindergarten – Second Grade category

First Place: MD Nihal Rashid “Jayhawk Spirit,” Kindergarten at Hillcrest Elementary School (Lawrence, KS)

Second Place: Taylor Mullen “Just Dance!,” 2nd grade at Regency Place Elementary School (Olathe, KS)

Third Place: Cameron Crumble “Thunder Dunk,” 2nd grade at Scott Computer Technology Magnet School (Topeka, KS)

Third and Fourth Grade category:

First Place: Jasmine Case “A Jayhawk Day at the Court,” 4th grade at Union Chapel Elementary School (Parkville, MO)

Second Place: Blake Mullen “Beakem’ HONK!” 4th grade at Regency Place Elementary School (Olathe, KS)

Third Place: Ella Blake “Mosaic Jayhawk,” 4th grade at Raintree Montessori School (Lawrence, KS)

Fifth and Sixth Grade category:

First Place: Madeline Montgomery “My Favorite Jayhawk,” 5th grade at Morgan Elementary School (Hutchinson, KS)

Second Place: Ragan Foster “Traditions of Excellence,” 5th grade at Bentwood Elementary School (Olathe, KS)

Third Place: Simon Couch “Jayhawks Locker Room,” 6th grade at Mill Creek Middle School (Lenexa, KS)


The Booth Family Hall of Athletics is a 19,335-square-foot museum adjacent to the east side of Allen Fieldhouse. This facility opened in January 2006 and was expanded in 2009. It is open year-round, allowing Jayhawk fans everywhere to experience the history and tradition of Kansas Athletics. The Hall honors KU’s historic athletics programs, its coaches and student-athletes, past and present. Normal hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to the public. All tours are self-guided unless advance reservations are made. To make reservations please call (785) 864-7446 or email Guided tours are provided at no charge. Parking is available in the parking garage located north of Allen Fieldhouse. Parking fees must be paid in the parking garage office located in the northeast corner of the parking garage.