Grades 3 - 5
FIRST PLACE: Darren K.
Submissions in this category could highlight one particular EU Member State, which both of our winners did. These entries were singled out for their clarity and style.
Grades 6 - 8
FIRST PLACE: Hudson M.
SECOND PLACE: London W.
The judges were particularly impressed by Hudson M.’s granny square, which he entitled “Looping Together the EU: A Schengen Area Visual.” As Hudson described it in his submission: “Finland is one of the countries within the Schengen Area. The Finnish ‘granny square’ pattern is central to this textile. It is a type of doily incorporating the colors and pattern of the EU flag. The tassels surrounding the square are groupings of yarn in the colors of each of the Schengen states’ flags. By crocheting the European Union flag into a Finnish ‘granny square,’ the textile accurately depicts “Diversity Through Unity: The EU at 60.” Just as the Schengen area weaves together the vibrant cultures of  nations, this piece shows the beauty of unity.”
Grades 9 - 12
FIRST PLACE: Enoch H. for his essay on the refugee Crisis
SECOND PLACE: Rebecca S. for her essay entitled, "United in Diversity: Religion in the European Union."
Mr. Hildenbrand’s 10th Grade class at North Allegheny Intermediate High School submitted entries as part of a class project, and all of them were competitive in this category. The two winners shown here rose to the top for their thoughtful papers that directly addressed the theme of “United in Diversity.”