Taylor Le Wins Gladstone "Strive to Thrive" Coloring Contest
Posted 10/17/2014 02:47PM

Taylor Le
, a third grader at Linden West Elementary has won the Gladstone "Strive to Thrive" Coloring Contest. She receives a special award ribbon and a $50 Gladstone Parks and Recreation gift certificate.

Open to third and fourth graders attending elementary schools in the City of Gladstone, the coloring contest offered young artists a choice between two themes: 1) "How My Family and I Exercise or Play Together for 60 Minutes per Day" or 2) "How My Family and I Eat Right with Colors."

The top three winners at Clardy, Linden West and Oakwood Manor elementary schools in North Kansas City Schools are as follows. First place winners at each school received a $25 Parks and Recreation gift certificate:

Clardy Elementary:
1st Place: Trenity Goodyear (Grade 3)
2nd Place: Lily House (Grade 3)
3rd Place: Katelyn Johnson (Grade 3)

Linden West Elementary:
1st Place: Taylor Le (Grade 3)
2nd Place: Marissa Ontiveros (Grade 4)
3rd Place: Blen Mengistu (Grade 4)

Oakwood Manor Elementary:
1st Place: Alyssa Smera (Grade 4)
2nd Place: Madeline Ellis (Grade 4)
3rd Place: Adam Johnson (Grade 4)


The winning artwork is on display at the Antioch Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library through the end of October. All who participated received "Eat Wise & Exercise" bookmarks.

First place winners along with their families and teachers have been invited to meet the Mayor of Gladstone and the City Council during the Oct. 27 council meeting, beginning at 7:30 p.m., for a brief awards ceremony.

The art contest was part of the Gladstone “Strive to Thrive” community challenge and received partial funds from the Clay County Chronic Disease Prevention Program. Gladstone Parks and Recreation, Gladstone Community Center and Clay County Public Health Center sponsored the contest.


Faith Endsley is a recent 2018 graduate of Staley High School and her story is a miraculous tale of conquering extreme challenges and thriving against all odds.


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