Ballybofey’s Michaella a winner in national art competition

Seven year old Michealla McCullen, a second class pupil at Glencovitt National School Ballybofey, is one of twelve winners of Colgate-Palmolive National ‘What Makes You Smile’ Art Competition.

Seven year old Michealla McCullen, a second class pupil at Glencovitt National School Ballybofey, is one of twelve winners of Colgate-Palmolive National ‘What Makes You Smile’ Art Competition.

Michealla drew an imaginative picture of her family which stood out to the judges because of its creativity and attention to detail.

The competition was open to children from junior infants to second class. Michaela’s picture was one of just 12 selected from more than 800 entires. The winners will have their work made into a national calendar available in schools and dental surgeries around the country. Each month of the calendar depicts happy themes around friends, family, vacations and sport. The winners also receive a €50 voucher for Smyths Toy Superstores, along with a sports pack for their school which will include bibs, footballs, and goals.

All competition entries were judged by Newstalk’s Kidstalk reporter Henry McKean and a representative from Colgate-Palmolive Ireland. The judges based their decision on criteria such as the creativity that had been displayed, the originality of the piece and the overall visual impact.

Commenting on competition, Henry McKean said: ‘It has been so difficult to choose 12 winners. I was overwhelmed by the sacks of artwork and the quality of the entries, it was obvious that the kids around the country spent hours painting and drawing them. I have never seen so many smiles and shiny teeth in an art competition. The kids can be proud of their achievements bringing attention to the importance of brushing and keeping your smile for life. So much energy and effort went into creating some amazing and colourful pictures.”