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King Student Wins ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ Contest

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King Student Wins ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ Contest
Posted on 02/08/2018
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A talented young artist at King Middle School has won first place in OTTO Pizza’s “Draw Outside of the Box” contest. That means the winning design by seventh-grader Mali Jones will soon decorate thousands of OTTO Pizza boxes distributed throughout Maine and Massachusetts, providing patrons with a feast for their eyes along with their pizza.

“Way to go, Mali! We’re so excited to see this design on our boxes!” said Eric Shepherd, OTTO director of marketing and communication, in a recent blog post announcing the outcome of the contest. 

Mali’s winning design was chosen from among 264 entries submitted by student artists in kindergarten through grade 8. Mali was not the only King student to excel in the contest. King eighth-grader Mattea Lo-Sears took second place for her design, and seventh-grader Lilah Green took third place for hers. Mali, Mattea and Lilah won prizes that included pizza parties, gift certificates and art supplies from Portland-based Artist & Craftsman Supply.

In addition, King seventh-graders Hazel Johnson and Hannah Smart won honorable mention for their designs.

Shepherd congratulated King Middle School in his blog post. He noted that King was among schools that “rose to the challenge," with lots of students submitting entries. Shepherd said, “We also believe that King’s ‘hat trick’ here speaks to the school’s uniqueness and its national reputation as a pioneer in education. Great job, King!”

King Middle School is a high-achieving, highly diverse Expeditionary Learning public school that is at the forefront of national school reform.

The judge’s comments on Mali’s winning design – a pizza-shaped portrait of Portland, with “slices” showing different images of the city – included such phrases as: “entirely original,” “great use of two colors,” “very mature,” and “future graphic design star.”

The judges also praised the work of the other King students. They applauded Mattea’s second-place entry for its “gorgeous execution” and “captivating design qualities.” Lilah won praise for her strong “composition/design sense” in her third-place entry. Hannah’s entry was described as “beautifully stylized” and Hazel’s as “imaginative” and “very fun.”

Shepherd wrote, “All of us (including everyone at OTTO, our panel of judges, and our customers) were completely blown away by the talent on display in each of the wonderful entries. We all look forward to seeing each young artist nourish their talent and creativity, and share their art with their communities, and with the world.”

Photo Captions: (Above) Winning design by student Mali Jones will soon be on OTTO pizza boxes.
(Below, clockwise from left) Shown are designs by second-place winner Mattea Lo-Sears; third-place winner Lilah Green; and by Hannah Smart and Hazel Johnson, who won honorable mentions.
Mattea Lo-Sears design Lilah Green design Hazel Johnson design Hannah Smart design