District 15 Students Send Works across Pacific Ocean

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Byline: Alysia Tate Daily Herald Staff Writer

A group of Palatine Township Elementary District 15 students have not only sent their artwork to Japan, but hope to send themselves there as well.

Students at Walter R. Sundling Junior High in Palatine will find out sometime next month whether they beat out the competition in the Niigata Biennial International Children's Art Exhibition.

With the help of Sundling teachers John Van Dyk and Barb Wagner, the 14 students sent in their best works of art.

They included 11 paintings and three prints, with everything from landscapes to silk-screen prints.

But it wasn't just the competition they sought by entering the contest, said Van Dyk.

The lure of a free trip to the country as a grand prize was more tempting, he said. So far, most of their works have appeared only in district and area competitions.

"If we had found out about a competition in Zaire, we would have entered that, too," said Van Dyk. "The students were thrilled about it."

This is the third year government and community officials from the northwest Japanese region have sponsored the contest, for which submissions are collected from around the world. …