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For Immediate Release

Media Advisory
Judiciary Holds Reception to Honor Young Artists for Peace

(ANNAPOLIS, Md.Oct. 15, 2013) On Thursday, Oct. 17, Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera of the Maryland Court of Appeals will host a celebration for students who have used their artistic talents to promote peace. The young artists will gather with their families, friends and supporters at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Courts of Appeal Building in Annapolis to be honored as winners of the Maryland Judiciary’s Conflict Resolution Day Student Bookmark Art Contest. The media is invited to attend.

This is the eighth year for the popular art contest, with more than 700 entries from Maryland children in kindergarten-8th grade. All the artwork will be unveiled at the reception and will be on display in the lobby Oct. 17-Nov. 21.

During the reception, Chief Judge Barbera will acknowledge the winners and present awards. The Judiciary website has a list of the winners, including school name and location.

The contest is sponsored by the Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO). Artwork reflects the theme of resolving or preventing conflict, including peer mediation, talking things out, apologizing, respecting differences, solving problems together, listening, tolerance, building peace, or alternatives to violence.

Prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place in three age groups: kindergarten-second grade; third-fifth grade; and sixth-eighth grade. The prize for each age group is: $75 for first place; $50 for second place; and $25 for third place. In addition to the prizes, three to five entries may be selected to be printed as bookmarks to promote conflict resolution across Maryland.

WHAT:   Conflict Resolution Day Reception to honor winners of the Student Bookmark Art Contest
Sponsored by the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)
WHO:    Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera will greet students and families, make remarks, and present awards to the winners
WHEN:   Thursday, Oct. 17
4-5 p.m.
WHERE:   Maryland Court of Appeals
Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, Md. 21401
Call the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, to attend. Cameras and electronic recording devices will be allowed; media is expected to obtain releases from families, as necessary, for use/publication.

The link to the list of winners:

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