Each year the West End Rotary Club sponsors a Holiday Card contest and asks the Pleasant Valley Intermediate art students to submit drawings under the supervision of PVI art teacher, Melinda Ludwig.

Elric Caponsacco, 13, was the first place winner with his warm rendering of a window with a candle glowing at twilight, with a sprig of holly resting in one corner of the windowsill and a bird's nest with a bird in the other corner.

"It seemed like a peaceful touch. That's what I was going for," said the PVI 7th grader. Miss Garr is his homeroom teacher.

Elric said he likes to draw, especially the art of Manga--Japanese comics.

Elric's winning drawing will be the featured West End Rotary Club Holiday Card for 2010, which will be sold as a club fundraiser.

Elric is the son of Joseph and Tanya Caponsacco of Brodheadsville.

Kallie Romascavage, 6th grade and Marina Ghin, 5th grade, were the runners-up in the contest.

Kallie, 11, is in Mrs. Transue's homeroom. Her card design pictures a house in the background and you can see through the window, a warm glowing fire in the fireplace and kids looking out the window at a delightful snowman in the snowy front yard.

"I was outside when I got the idea. Every year my mom and I build a snowman and that's what I drew in my picture," said Kallie.

She is the daughter of Jerry and Kim Romascavage of Saylorsburg.

Marina Ghin, a fifth grader in Mr. Dorshimer's homeroom, drew a snowy mountain with animals and children, hand in hand, climbing up each side with the words, "All creatures, mere or grand, Happy Holidays across the land." She said she wanted to express that each are special in their own way.

Marina is the daughter of Andrei and Suzanne Ghin of Brodheadsville.

All three students received a beautiful engraved plaque which features their drawings as a card and a pack of 10 cards with envelopes along with a boxed artist kit.

To honor the winners, the West End Rotary Club provided the prizes and a pizza party for them and for their parents. Invited guests that also attended were Mrs. Ludwig, Mr. Heath, PVI principal and Mrs. Siani, assistant principal, Rotary members Honi Grasing and Joan Loveless, who coordinated the contest, Rotary President Theresa Yocum and member, Linda Koehler.

The West End Rotary Club holds several fundraisers a year and distributes donations to various local service organizations. Recently, President Yocum presented a check for $2,000 to Rotary District Governor Ted Silver at an interclub meeting in April to be used by the Rotary Foundation in its Polio Plus initiative to help eradicate the disease.