Mayor Slay Announces Winner of 2009 Holiday Card Design

December 16, 2009 | 2 min reading time

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Mayor Slay Announces Winner

Of 2009 Holiday Card Design Contest

Grade school students recognized at reception


ST.   LOUIS – The winner and finalists of Mayor Francis G. Slay’s annual Holiday Card Design Contest were honored at a reception in City Hall. Nine-year-old She’la Riley from Dunbar Elementary submitted the winning design, which will be used for the design of Mayor Francis Slay’s 2009 holiday cards.


The winner and finalists attended an awards ceremony and reception in the Mayor’s Office at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17.  Mayor Slay presented each student with a certificate of achievement and Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolate provided a complimentary gift for each of the finalists. 


“First and foremost, I’d like to thank all the students for submitting to my Holiday Design Contest. Going through all the design submissions is one of my favorite holiday traditions – and every year, it’s a very tough choice. But, I would like to congratulate She’la Riley for winning this year’s contest – and I’m proud to use her design on my 2009 holiday card.”


This year’s Holiday Card Design Contest invited grade school children in the City of St. Louis to submit a design for consideration in the contest. When the contest closed, 333 entries had been submitted. The winners are listed below:


Grand Prize Winner

She’la Riley, 9, 3rd grader at Dunbar Elementary

1st Runner-Up

Sarah Nolte, 11, 6th grader at St. Stephen Protomartyr School

2nd Runner-Up

TamyJah Slaughter, 10, 4th grader at FroebelLiteracyAcademy

Honorable Mentions

Nianna Smith, 10, 5th grader at Clay Elementary

Sophie Schoenle, 10, 5th grader at St. Stephen Protomartyr School

Rachel Seaton, 10, 5th grader at St.AmbroseSchool

Katherine Croft, 12, 6th grader at Gateway Middle

Jaymie Kent, 8, 2nd grader at Sigel Elementary

Dimon Phillips, 10, 4th grader at Gateway Elementary

Larisa Nesimovic, 11, 5th grader at Buder Elementary


To see the top 10 card designs, visit

A poster containing the top 10 card designs is on display at City Hall.



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