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Pelletier wins state art contest

FORT KENT, Maine — Connor Pelletier, a seventh-grade Valley Rivers Middle School student, won the 2018 Civil Rights Team Project Visual Arts Contest for the state of Maine.

Students had to create an original piece of art to highlight the idea that every student should feel safe, welcome, and respected in our school communities. The artwork had to specifically include connections to race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender (including gender identity and expression) and/or sexual orientation.

The artwork could take any form, and Pelletier decided to use what he loves and knows: photography.  He is a professional photographer and his business is called Country Getup Photography.

Brandon Baldwin, project director of the Civil Rights Team Project, said the artwork students submitted this year for the contest was exceptional. Pelletier’s, though, stood out.

“We absolutely loved how Connor used real people and their identities to highlight the idea that your school community should be safe, welcoming, and respectful,” said Baldwin. “Not only was it personal, but it was clever, too.”

The Civil Rights Team will frame Pelletier’s artwork and keep it for future project events and exhibits.

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