Evangeline Schmitt, a ninth-grader at Edmonds-Woodway High School, was honored in a short ceremony at the Edmonds Library on Monday evening for submitting one of four winning entries in this year’s Sno-Isle Libraries annual Teen Read Month art contest.
Designed to encourage reading and using library resources, the contest has a different theme each year. Contestants create art projects reflecting this theme. This year’s theme was “seek the unknown.”
“This is the 10th year of the contest,” explained librarian Dawn Rutherford, “and we had almost 100 entries. It was a very tough choice for the judges.”
Evangeline’s winning entry was a collage representing a clever fusion of several columns reflecting knowledge areas that she hopes to explore. “For me, the library is a perfect place to seek the unknown,” she explained. “The columns in my work reflect subject areas including science, travel, languages, fiction and history, all of which have many aspects about which I want to know more.”
Evangeline’s family includes her parents, Jenny and Manu, and two brothers. Jenny Schmitt grew up in the Bellingham area and has relatives in Edmonds, but for the past four years had been living in Manu’s native Switzerland.
“Our time in Switzerland has given the children a real multi-cultural grounding,” said Manu. “In addition to English, they all speak pretty good French and have a working grasp of German.”
The family moved to Edmonds this summer. “We really love the beaches and the great sense of community,” Jenny said.
Asked about her plans after high school, Evangeline is quite clear. “There’s so much more to know and explore before I can even think about that,” she said with a smile.
Edmonds librarian Dawn Rutherford presents Evangeline Schmitt with a certificate naming her as one of this year’s contest winners. Schmitt also received a commemorative T shirt and a $50 Amazon gift certificate.