Jillian Parrino, a fourth-grade student at the Jackson Avenue School in the Mineola School District, was recently featured in Newsday as the winner of the newspaper’s Kidsday Drawing Contest.
With her theme depicting “Hope After Hurricane Sandy,” Jillian won for the category of “Getting Along.”
After submitting work to the contest last year, she was encouraged by her mother to submit again this year. She also won a bookmark drawing contest and a field day t-shirt design contest at her school last year.
“I felt really excited that everyone was going to see my drawing,” she said of therecognition. Jillian, who looks for the contest every year, plans to enter again next year. Her work was featured in the print edition of Newsday during the week of Dec. 23.