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Woodland student wins statewide art contest

A Woodland High School senior's artwork of Abraham Lincoln watching over Illinois roads and prairies won top honor in a statewide art competition.
Hannah Handzo, of Streator, was named the winner of the high school age group in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s annual children's contest.
Handzo also is a Times teen columnist.
The contest’s theme for the bicentennial year was “Happy Birthday, Illinois.”
The winner in the kindergarten through fifth grade group hailed from Oreana. Their artwork featured a message of unity. 
The sixth through eighth grade winner, of Carthage, depicted a cardinal perched above a city skyline.
Nearly 500 students submitted art for the competition. They came from 42 different schools and one library, and one artist is home educated.
The winning art, along with some of the other top submissions, will be displayed in the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield for the rest of the year.
“The skill and creativity of Illinois students should inspire everyone. They took the birthday theme and ran with it, producing art that included landmarks, symbols, landscapes and Illinois natives from Ronald Reagan to Bill Murray,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in a press statement. “Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who submitted their work.”
Illinois became the nation’s 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818. A year-long celebration of the state and its accomplishments is underway, leading up to the 200th birthday in December. More information about the bicentennial can be found at
The presidential library and museum immerses visitors in Lincoln’s life and times. Visitors can see ghosts come to life on stage, watch TV coverage of the 1860 Presidential election, roam through the Lincoln White House, experience booming cannons in a Civil War battle and come face to face with original Lincoln artifacts.
The library holds a collection of Lincoln books, documents, photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history.

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