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Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, City of Dawsonville partner for window art contest
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Dawson County High School students paint the windows at Dawsonville City Hall and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame for the holiday season. Photo courtesy of Dustin Heard, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.

This month, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce partnered with the City of Dawsonville and Dawson County High School to hold a window art contest and decorate the windows of the Dawsonville City Hall and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. 

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Dawson County High School students paint the windows at Dawsonville City Hall and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame for the holiday season. Photo courtesy of Dustin Heard, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.

Several students from the Dawson County High School art class, taught by Jennifer Gray, came out to the city’s municipal complex in November to decorate the windows. The paintings were then voted on and winners were chosen and announced at the city’s annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Dec. 4. 

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) sponsored prizes for each of the winners, with a $100 cash prize for the winner, $75 for second place, $50 for third place and $25 for the honorable mention. Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Mandy Power announced each winner during the tree lighting ceremony, congratulating all of the students for their hard work in making the front of city hall and the racing hall of fame cheerful and festive. 

First place in the window painting contest was Kaylee Hinson. Second place went to Kendall Hutson, third place was Chandler Bagley and the honorable mention award went to Makayla Shapiro. 

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(left to right) Dawson County High School students and winners of the window art contest Kendall Hutson, Kaylee Hinson and Makayla Shapiro. Not pictured: Chandler Bagley. Photo courtesy of Dustin Heard, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce

The other student artists who participated in decorating the windows were Ayla Millar and Courtney Blair, along with their teacher Jennifer Gray. The DDA is providing a Chick-Fil-A party for all of the students who participated. 

According to Power, she and the rest of the Chamber of Commerce were happy to help put together the project, and hope to bring it back again next year. 

“We are thrilled to have Jennifer Gray at DCHS partner with us for this project,” Power said. “Her students are so talented and we love being able to show the community their talents. I am thankful to have teachers, students and the City who see the value in community. We’re hoping to make this an annual event.” 

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