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DIY snowman is contest winner

Wilton High senior Dani Miskinis is congratulated by principal Robert O’Donnell and Rusty Hurd, head of the school’s art department. Dani’s photograph of a snowman was chosen as this year’s holiday card for The Greens and Wilton Meadows. She also received a scholarship for her achievement.

Wilton High senior Dani Miskinis is congratulated by principal Robert O’Donnell and Rusty Hurd, head of the school’s art department. Dani’s photograph of a snowman was chosen as this year’s holiday card for The Greens and Wilton Meadows. She also received a scholarship for her achievement. —Lois Alcosser photo

This is the sixth year the holiday card sent by The Greens at Cannondale and Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is designed by a Wilton High School senior art student. Each year, a contest has been held for senior art students to submit what may be the winning entry.

The 2012 winner is Dani Miskinis, whose cheerful photograph of a snowman was chosen by residents and staff of the two facilities. The contest has been one of the most successful and significant intergenerational activities between the school and The Greens and Wilton Meadows.

Dani's winning photo.

Dani’s winning photo.

In addition to the public recognition for the student, whose name is printed on the back of the card, each winning student receives a $1,000 scholarship for continued art studies. Wilton High art department head Rusty Hurd introduces the contest to her senior art classes and the work on entry designs begins.

Dani’s photograph of a snowman was inspired by a kit her aunt sent her.

“It was a real snowman kit, with hat, scarf, nose, eyes, and all I had to do was build the snowman,” she said.

The contest rules include the provision that the design be appropriate for everyone’s holiday season, with no specific religious references.

Dani’s photograph was ideal for expressing that goal.

Dani has been a photography student at Wilton High for all four years and carries her camera on vacations and field trips. She’s liked taking pictures since early childhood.

She joins the five other students who achieved the thrill of knowing their designs and names will be seen by hundreds of people in the area.

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