I met a delightful medical student while attending a recent surprise party for Colleen-Jennings Roggensack, who’s celebrating her 20th year as executive director for ASU Gammage in Tempe. Turns out his mom, also a doctor, is one of the venue’s biggest supporters.
We enjoyed a lovely conversation about everything from the thrill of attending the Tony Awards to the best New Jersey destinations for art lovers, since I’ll be heading that way for a couple of Springsteen concerts this fall. Seems her son is torn between practicing pediatrics and emergency medicine.
I shared my relief that all three of our children made it to college without needing the emergency medicine piece, but also praised the hospital whose specialists made it possible for our kids to grow from babies to young adults. And then I remembered a recent call for art that came across my virtual desk.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is currently holding its eighth annual children’s art contest, giving youth a chance to win a trip to New Orleans. Entries are being accepted through Aug. 13 for this year’s contest, which features the theme of “A Healthy Start to Your Day.”
Youth in and beyond the United States can enter, but eligible ages differ. In the U.S., the contest is open to children in three categories — grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. First-place winners earn cash prizes and travel expenses, plus matching cash awards for their schools. Prizes will also be awarded to second- and third-place winners.
International entries are being accepted for a single contest for youth ages 13-18. The winner will receive a cash prize, as will the winner’s school. For this category only, entries can be submitted by e-mail (to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Last year’s contest drew entries from youth in 37 states and 10 countries. First-place awards for U.S. entries went to youth in Massachussetts, Colorado and California. The international winner was from India.
Children in the U.S. should send their original artwork, along with entry and consent forms, to: Children’s Art Contest, American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 13.
Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges to include pediatrians. The American Academy of Pediatrics, by the way, is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Coming up: Nominees make some noise