2016 Student Christmas Ornament Contest - Expanded to Include All Students in Paducah-McCracken County

Christmas Tree with student ornamentsRelease posted October 10, 2016

Photo:  2015 Christmas tree with student ornaments

Mayor Gayle Kaler is inviting students to participate in the 4th annual Student Christmas Ornament Contest by handcrafting Christmas ornaments to decorate a tree in the foyer of City Hall.  The contest is for all students, kindergarten through 12th grade, who reside in either Paducah or outside the city limits in McCracken County.

Mayor Kaler says, “Each year I am amazed at the creativity of our local students and the beauty of each ornament.  It is obvious that a lot of time and care go into handcrafting these works of art.  This year, I am expanding the contest to include any student who lives in this county.  Each ornament submitted meeting the criteria will be placed on the Christmas tree at City Hall.” 

The deadline to submit an ornament with a completed Ornament Submission Form to City Hall is Tuesday, November 29 at 4:30 p.m.  No entry fee is required.  The top three ornaments in each of the three categories will be recognized at the December 6 City Commission meeting.  The judging categories are K-3rd grade, 4th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade. 

Ornament Criteria and Information Sheet >>
Ornament Submission Form (required with each entry) >>

The criteria for the ornaments are listed below.

  • Ornaments should be 3-7 inches in height (not including hanger) and ready to hang.
  • Ornaments should be approximately a half pound or less in weight.
  • No glass or other breakable materials.
  • Only one entry per student.
  • The use of recycled and natural materials is encouraged.
  • Special consideration will be given to ornaments featuring Paducah’s history, landmarks, name, etc.
  • Enclose a completed Ornament Submission Form with your entry providing a detailed description of the ornament.  Ornaments that cannot be matched with the Ornament Submission Form may be displayed but will not be eligible for judging.
  • Artwork must be the student’s own.  
  • Ornaments will be viewed close up so details are important.