Student wins art prize

Aeryn Cross’s artwork will be on display at Audubon Center

Seven-year-old Aeryn Cross, a student at the Mason Elementary School, was chosen as the third place winner of the New Hampshire Audubon Centennial Student Poster Contest in the K-2 division.

As part of the Audubon’s celebration of 100 years of nature conservation, the organization held a poster contest challenging students to display their interest in helping to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment and wildlife through art.

Cross’s poster was one of over 200 entries that will be displayed at the Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester, the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, and the McLane Audubon Center in Concord from April 12 to June 14.

Cross was one of six winners chosen by the judges and was awarded with a complimentary pass to attend a family program presented at the Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester.

Cross’s art teacher, Michelle Jimeno, is not surprised by the young artist’s success.

“Aeryn is a very enthusiastic art student who is eager to try everything in class. She has always loved art and paints at home in her parent’s barn,” said Jimeno in an interview on Tuesday.

“Aeryn brought home the award for our school, she did a great job and I am so proud of her. This contest was a great opportunity for the students to interact with the Audubon Society.”

Dylan Fisher can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235, or

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