ELMHURST – Three Elmhurst students created their own ticket to march in the Elmhurst Memorial Day parade Monday with their winning entries to the Ruth Strand Poster Contest.
The annual contest, sponsored by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, invited second- and third-grade students to depict an original scene from Elmhurst history. Elmhurst Park District Executive Director Jim Rogers presented Jackson Elementary's Abby Thomas with a certificate recognizing her first drawing of the Wilder Park Conservatory.
Rachael Schrage of Lincoln Elementary School and Ruth Mathew of Hawthorne Elementary School tied for second place. Jefferson Elementary's Eric Anderson and Emerson Elementary School's Lauren Richards tied for third.
Winners were chosen from 356 entries this year and were honored May 22 at the Elmhurst Historical Museum in front of teachers and parents. Winning posters will be on display at City Hall, while all other posters can be viewed at the Elmhurst Historical Museum through the summer.
The contest honors a longtime Elmhurst Public Library director and founding member of the Elmhurst Historical Museum, Ruth Strand.
Honorable mentions include Tieg Haller (Lincoln School), Ashley Zwolinski (Visitation School), Emma Casey (Hawthorne School), Madison Tran (Jefferson School), Autumn Caraher (Emerson School), Gabriella Sowles (Jackson School), Cristian Velasques (Conrad Fischer School), Lilly Hoffer (Immanuel Lutheran School) and Aaron Hudson (Field School).