Grace Averitt, a fourth grader at East Lake Elementary, has won the 2009 Spherion Orlando Citrus Parade drawing contest, beating out over 300 other entrants. Grace will ride in the parade on Dec. 30 as an Honorary Grand Marshal. Her winning design will serve as the cover of the parade program. Her entry was chosen as part of a Milk & Cookies Reception at the City Hall Rotunda in Downtown Orlando on Wednesday, November 11.
Now in its third year, the drawing contest boasted entries from over 300 children ages 5 to 10 throughout Orange County. The entries came from over 25 elementary schools throughout Central Florida as well as the Dr. Phillips YMCA afterschool program. Children were asked to draw their best picture or portrayal of the parade, incorporating aspects of citrus, football and Florida Citrus Sports. The best 25 entries were judged by local luminaries during the Milk & Cookies Reception and the winner (and four runners-up) were chosen.
Below is a list of all artists honored at the reception.
Winner: Grace Averitt, East Lake Elementary, 4th Grade
First Runner-up: Victoria Fuller, East Lake Elementary, 4th Grade
Second Runner-up: Korianna Zawacki, Camelot Elementary, 5th Grade
Third Runner-up: Aaron Randolph, Windy Ridge Elementary, 5th Grade
Fourth Runner-up: Camrie Encarnacion, Columbia Elementary, 4th Grade
All of the Top 25 entries will be displayed at the City Hall Rotunda through November 20. Honorable mention went to these 20 students:
Isadora Azevedo, Dr. Phillips Elementary
Allison Cohen, Metro West Elementary
Bella Crews, Park House Academy
Irene Dominique, Ridgewood Park Elementary
Katie Edwards, Ridgewood Park Elementary
Isabel Embasari, Dr. Phillips Elementary
Haliey Goodman, Columbia Elementary
Rodkia Griffin, Ridgewood Park Elementary
Lilani Guzman, Dr. Phillips Elementary
Madeline Hensen, Dr. Phillips Elementary
Tara Jackson, Ridgewood Park Elementary
Jillian Jones, Ridgewood Park Elementary
Katie Lieng, Dr. Phillips Elementary
Ryan Millet, Dr. Phillips Elementary
Melanie Ortiz, Dr. Phillips Elementary
Andrew Piedad, Bay Meadows
Chaz Scheib, Shenandoah Elementary
Jade Staruch, Ridgewood Park Elementary
Rylee Tobin, Dr. Phillips Elementary
Over the past 30 years, the Spherion Orlando Citrus parade has grown from a small local event to an annual extravaganza that draws crowds of up to 60,000 and television viewers in the millions via an internationally-syndicated broadcast. Distinguished by floats made from over 100,000 pieces of citrus, the parade is recognized as one of the nation’s largest sports-affiliated parades, making it a unique experience for families and the Central Florida community.