The News-Times celebrates first-place winners Novalee Johnston and Lilah Partlow, among others.

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Novalee Johnston used both traditional and non-traditional colors of Christmas to make these bells on the coloring page ring. She was a first-place winner in this year's contest.NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - It may be a blue Christmas on this page by Lilah Partlow, but the first-place winner kept spirits bright with colorful candy colors on the gingerbread man and Santa's Bakery.Every December, the News-Times invites children to participate in Santa's Coloring Contest. This year, the newspaper had five winners.

Santa's Coloring Contest is a way for young readers to express their creativity.

Liz Hutchison, the News-Times' office manager, said it is always so much fun for newspaper staff to see the submissions that the contest returns year after year. It has become a holiday tradition for the News-Times and the community.

In "Santa's Coloring Book" this year, children could color in drawings of a snowman, a gingerbread house, Christmas ornaments, stockings and bells.

The contest was open to children between the ages of 3 and 12.

This year, the grand prize of a $25 gift card is awarded to two entrants: fifth-grader Novalee Johnston, who made heavy use of green and blue markers to beautifully color in the Christmas bells, and third-grader Lilah Partlow, who used colored pencils to brighten up the gingerbread scene.

Kyndal Etienne, also in fifth grade, is the second-place winner and will receive a $15 gift card.

Sharing third place in the awards are sisters Sadie and Kinsley Crockett. Sadie is in first grade and Kinsley is in kindergarten. They will each get a $10 gift card.

The News-Times congratulates the contest winners and thanks all the entrants for their creative and colorful renditions of classic Christmas scenes.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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