The watercolor and crayon rendering of a hero bee delivering pollen to grateful flowers, by second-grader Haileigh Luce, is the grand prize winner in an art contest for young people ranging from kindergarten through high school sponsored by Citizens for a Green Camden.

“Bugs Make Good Buds” was the contest theme, and entrants used comic, pastoral and hard-hitting scenes to get out the message that humans should be kind to good bugs this spring by protecting them from unnecessary cosmetic lawn chemicals.

All participating artists, many of whom showed talent way beyond their years, according to one of the judges, nationally-exhibited artist Harry W. Smith, will have their entries displayed at the Bagel Cafe, in Camden, through the end of April. Winning entries will be featured at Plants Unlimited’s Green Fair on Saturday, April 17. All winners were awarded gift certificates to Rockport Blueprint valued up to $50.

Winners of the contest are:

Grand Prize: Haileigh Luce


First place: Eleanora Laurita

Second place: Paige Kelly

Honorable mention: Rachel Rademacher

First and second grades:

First place: Parker Stuart

Second place (tie) : Cam Hedstrom, Andrew Orne

Honorable mention: Kady J. Williams

Third and fourth grades:

First place: Rebecca Cox, Sydney White

Second place (tie): Rebecca Cox, Cooper Russell, Hope Bifulco

Honorable mention: Lauren Rothwell

Fifth through eighth grades:

First place: Jade Hazzard

Second place (tie): Violet Bemis, Regan Lowe

High school:

First place: Robin Wilder

Second place: Cody Prandelli, Elliot Grigo

Third place (tie): Michael Crockett, Cole Ellison