Congratulations to the winners of our third coloring contest, which ran from Sept. 19 to Oct. 17 in the pages of our newspapers.

Our staff contemplated over 50 unique entries from children ages 3 to 12, and voted for their favorites (although, how can one truly judge art created from the heart?).

Our first coloring contest was launched in September 2018 with a fall foliage theme, and the responses were delightful! Our next contest had a wintry holiday theme, and brightened up a January issue.

Our production manager, Katerina Hrdlicka, designs and illustrates the outlines. Her artwork can also be seen on the cover of the Summer/Fall 2019 Stowe Guide & Magazine, and her vivid, swirling designs have graced many private and public exhibition walls — and even Adirondack chairs!

We’re always fascinated by the creativity of the kids who send in their interpretations of the scenes, from rainbow-striped pumpkins and delicate individual cobblestones to multicolored moons.

And, it’s a delight to see the development that happens across the age groups, from the bold markings of our youngest entrants, at age 3, to the intricate lines and shading from the tween set.

This year’s first-place winner in the 10-12 age group, Cassandra Gonyea of Morrisville, takes the top spot for a second time — our staff also voted her work best in class in 2018.

Landon Kneale of Stowe’s vibrant composition took top honors in the 6-9 age group, and what may not translate perfectly to print from the scan of the original work is the use of sparkly pens to make the image shimmer.

And Maverick Cochran, 5, of Morrisville impressed our in-house judges with his strong color choices and attention to detail.

Have an idea for our next coloring contest? Send your thoughts to news@stowereporter.com