St. Patrick's student recognized for art

Twelve-year-old Evelyn Marroquin holds up her computer art project that placed third in the Iowa Catholic Daughters Education Contest. She is a fifth-grader St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Sheldon.

SHELDON—A fifth-grader at Patrick’s Catholic School in Sheldon took third place at the state level of the Iowa Catholic Daughters Education Contest in the computer art category.

“I was excited; I was happy that I won,” said 12-year-old Evelyn Marroquin, who created the digital art project.

Her picture placed first at the local level in the fourth- and fifth-grade division of the contest before advancing to the state level. The picture shows a person pushing a patient in a wheelchair into a hospital.

Evelyn said she is the one pushing the patient.

Since Evelyn wants to become a doctor one day, and since the theme for the contest was “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will,” she thought creating a scene of her helping a patient was fitting.

She also said helping other people is one of the lessons she has learned at St. Patrick’s.

“They taught us that He wants us to help people that are in need,” Evelyn said.

When the students at St. Patrick’s make art projects, their teachers encourage them to submit their work in the Catholic Daughters Education Contest, according to school secretary Diane Burns.

Burns said the school’s technology teacher, Lynn Shoberg, teaches the students how to use the computer art program that Evelyn used to make her award-winning picture.

While the students get guidance on how to use the program, what they decide to create for their projects is entirely up to them, said Gladys Brinkman, chair of the local level of the Catholic Daughters Education Contest.

Brinkman said there are 60-75 schools around Iowa that compete on the state level of the contest, making Evelyn’s placement all the more impressive.

“There’s lots of competition there,” Brinkman said.

Five other students at St. Patrick’s also received first-place wins in other contest categories at the local level. In addition to computer art, the other categories were art, poetry, essay, music and photography. Division I is for grades fourth through fifth and Division II is for grades sixth through eighth.

For placing third at the state level, Evelyn received $10 and an official letter from the Catholic Daughters recognizing her placement.


  • Art: Ernesto Garcia, first place, Division I; Victor Topete — First place, Division II.
  • Poetry: Neave McCabe-Nuckols, first place, Division I.
  • Essay: Kailey Klein, first place, Division II.
  • Computer Art: Evelyn Marroquin, first place, Division I; Brinda McCabe-Nuckols, first place, Division II.