Art students create artwork for Happy Times Calendar

Junior Mary Allyn Maguddatu finishes coloring in her drawing for the Happy Times Calendar. All art students are submitting artwork to be featured in the calendar. "When thinking of happiness, the idea of a photo booth sparked in my mind," Maguddatu said. Photo Credit: Acel Soriano
Junior Mary Allyn Maguddatu finishes coloring in her drawing for the Happy Times Calendar. All art students are submitting artwork to be featured in the calendar. "When thinking of happiness, the idea of a photo booth sparked in my mind," Maguddatu said.  Photo Credit: Acel Soriano
Junior Mary Allyn Maguddatu finishes coloring in her drawing for the Happy Times Calendar. All art students are submitting artwork to be featured in the calendar. “When thinking of happiness, the idea of a photo booth sparked in my mind,” Maguddatu said.
Photo Credit: Acel Soriano

The Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU) is creating the 29th annual Happy Times Calendar contest featuring student artwork. Students chosen to be in the calendar will have their artwork framed in the SSSCU’s McLeod Branch Gallery, receive $100 for themselves and an additional $100 for their school’s art program.

“The winner is able to do anything with their $100, but for the art program, we plan to spend the money on extra art supplies,”  Art I Instructor Mr. Jared Ogden said.

Artwork should reflect holidays, seasons, events or anything that makes people happy. Accepted media includes anything on paper that is in landscape style and within the dimensions of 18 x 12. All entries must have the title of the artwork, student’s name, grade level, and the teacher’s name, email and phone number. Those who do not meet the requirements will not be considered.

“For my drawing, I wanted to stand out and be unique and I thought drawing cyclops bunnies was the perfect way to express what makes me happy,” senior Jocelle Elvambuena said.

One winner will be chosen in each grade level (K-12) and all contestants will receive a certificate of participation.

“If I won, I would save the money for my college fund. I would be so proud of myself for being featured in the calendar because art doesn’t necessarily come easy to me,” junior Eric Lei said.

Last year’s cover winner is alumni Cheyenne Tolbert. All students enrolled in art class are participating and creating their artwork which will be submitted on Oct. 18 and winners will be selected on Oct. 25.

“We’ve been featured in the Happy Times Calendar for two years in a row. This year, we’re really hoping for a third. Last year, we were on the cover and this year we’re aiming for that again,” Ogden said.