April 17, 2014

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Avon Lake student wins label design contest

Emilia Sansotta, 8, a third-grader at Redwood Elementary in Avon Lake, holds a plaque of her Torani Raspberry winning label artwork. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Emilia Sansotta, 8, a third-grader at Redwood Elementary in Avon Lake, holds a plaque of her Torani Raspberry winning label artwork. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — A Redwood Elementary School student’s artwork will be featured on a limited-edition Torani Raspberry syrup bottle.

The student, 8-year-old Emilia Sansotta, was chosen as one of two winners in a national Art for Kids label design contest. Emilia’s artwork was selected from hundreds of entries submitted by after-school students around the country, according to a news release from the Afterschool Alliance.

Emilia’s win was celebrated at Redwood Elementary School on Wednesday with a pizza and Italian soda party for the students during lunch for the entire third-grade class.

Emilia entered the art through her after-school art program, Young Rembrandts.

Megan Henkel, program director and owner of Young Rembrants, said Emilia is the fourth winner of the Art for Kids label design contest for Young Rembrants.

“We are so proud of Emilia, because she has been in our program since she was 4,” Henkel said.

Young Rembrants offers weekly after-school drawing classes at local elementary schools for students 3½ to 12. Henkel said she operates the Cleveland and Columbus franchised territories, which reaches more than 100 after-school partners.

Diane Wyant, master teacher and assistant program director for Young Rembrants, praised Emilia for her art. Wyant has worked with both Emilia and her younger sister, Tara, according to the news release.

“When Emilia moved up to the Elementary Afterschool Program after taking Young Rembrants for two years at her preschool, it was impressive to see her draw at a more refined level than our typical kindergarten student,” she said via a news release. “She has always been very eager to help in class, and she takes great pride in her finished work. I am very proud of her for this accomplishment.”

Emilia’s bottle will be sold through Dec. 31 at www.torani.com and at Wal-Mart, Cost Plus World Markets and other retailers. Torani will donate 5 percent of all limited-edition Art for Kids Raspberry and Sugar Free French Vanilla flavor syrup sales to the Afterschool Alliance.

Luci Manning, spokeswoman for the Afterschool Alliance, said Torani has been in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance for nine years to hold the student art contest. She said Torani has been “very supportive” of after-school programs like the ones advocated by the Afterschool Alliance.

According to the Afterschool Alliance, children involved in after-school programs have been shown to perform better in school and have greater expectations for the future, while children who are unsupervised in the afternoons are at greater risk of becoming involved with crime, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.