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Poster earns Parkhurst many awards

Oxford resident Jillian Parkhurst poses with her award-winning poster. Photo by CJC. (click for larger version)
May 16, 2012 - Jillian Parkhurst combined her love of country and her love of art to create a thought-provoking poster that's earned her four awards, ranging from local to national.

The 10-year-old Oxford resident used her considerable talents to create a poster for the Junior American Citizens Art Contest, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Using the theme "Enhancing the Present," Parkhurst, who's a fourth-grader at Oakland Christian School in Auburn Hills, designed a poster to answer the all-important question, "How can we help make our nation a better place to live?"

The poster features a young girl surrounded by thought bubbles containing noble ideas such as save endangered species, stop oil spills, take care of the Earth, eliminate litter, save water, save energy, recycle and "take care of our nation."

"If we didn't do all these things, we'd never have the country we have today," said Parkhurst, who's a member of the Oxford American Legion's Junior Auxiliary. "All our trees would be dying and everything would just be ruined around here."

Not only did Parkhurst's poster earn her first place in her school and in the state, it went on to win first place in DAR's East Central Division, which encompasses Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia.

The icing on the cake was when Parkhurst's poster took second place, for her grade level, in DAR's national competition.

"I had high hopes, but I never thought I'd get second in nationals," she said. "It feels amazing that God gave me so many gifts and I can use my talent and art skills to please Him and help my country be a better place."

Being creative is a big part of Parkhurst's young life.

"I love doing artistic things," she said. "I love to draw and be crafty."

Parkhurst is interested in someday becoming a baker because it combines her artistic skills with her love of baking, especially when it comes to decorating cakes.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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