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DMS student wins state art contest

Davis Middle School seventh-grader Christina Griffin won first place in the state for her grade level in the Jimmy Carter postcard contest. She recently received a certificate, medal and autographed book from Carter in his hometown of Plains, Ga.

Davis Middle School seventh-grader Christina Griffin won first place in the state for her grade level in the Jimmy Carter postcard contest. She recently received a certificate, medal and autographed book from Carter in his hometown of Plains, Ga.

CONYERS -- Jimmy Carter must love meeting students from Conyers.

For the third year, a Conyers student has placed in a state-level contest and had the chance to meet Carter in his hometown of Plains.

This year, Davis Middle School seventh-grader Christina Griffin won first place in the state for her grade level in the Jimmy Carter education program postcard contest.

"This is DMS's fourth winner in the Jimmy Carter postcard contest over the last three years," said art teacher Katy King. "I am so proud of Christina and her artwork."

Last year, a seventh-grader in King's class placed second, and in 2010, DMS had two students place in the contest.

Out of more than 8,000 entries this year, Griffin took the top spot for her grade level for the contest, "Digging Peanuts in Plains: Home Town of the 39th President."

"Christina worked on this project for over a week editing and reworking her artwork," King said. "Her painting is such a beautiful scene of the young Jimmy Carter walking through his family farm with a basket of fresh picked peanuts. I was impressed by the technique in which she applied her watercolor and the vivid color range she achieved in this work."

She used colored pencils and water color on paper to create the art.

"I enjoy the creativity and originality of art. I admire how art is expressed just like a book," Griffin said. "I enjoy how I can put my emotions and feelings into a drawing or a painting."

She was recently honored for her work at the Plains Peanut Festival, receiving a certificate, medal and an autographed book from Carter during the opening ceremonies of the festival.

"I never thought that I had the skills to compete in a competition and win," Griffin said. "I am happy and thankful that out of thousands of entries in the seventh grade, my artwork was chosen and I had the pleasure to meet President Carter and receive an award from him."

She said she tried boiled peanuts at the festival and visited the museum to learn about Carter's past.

"The festival was amazing, cheerful and beautiful," she said. "I truly enjoyed my time."

Her work has been enlarged and on display at the Plains Community Center and will be displayed at the Plains High School Museum through January 2013. Her work also is featured along with other winners on the website www.jimmycarter.info under "In the Spotlight."