More than 200 guests–including friends, families, teachers and other supporters– attended the Aurora Mental Health Center‘s 11th Annual Student Art Contest and Show. Presiding over this year’s event were Board of Directors President Harrison Cochran; AUMHC CEO/Executive Director Dr. Randy Stith; and AUMHC Chief Operating Officer Kathie Snell. Special thanks went to the 2017 Art Show Sponsor– Citywide Banks with bank representative Stephan Ghadaifchian on hand to help present awards.

Julia Gladbach won the Holiday Card Selection with “Colorado Mountains”

Held November 2 at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center, this year’s theme was: “What Warms Your Heart or Makes You Smile?” Winners represented K-12 Aurora students who entered a drawing, painting, collage, or photograph that best represented this year’s theme. Hundreds of artworks submitted by more than 25 schools were displayed throughout the ballroom.  Special recognition went to long-time AMHC Board Members Gigi de Gala, Sara Jarrett and Rachel Nuñez for their volunteerism and contributions over 8 years. Established in 1975 the Aurora Mental Health Center offers treatment for mental health issues, addiction, alcohol and drug abuse. For more information on programs or on how to volunteer or donate to the Aurora Mental Health Center please call 303-617-2300 or visit:

Below are the 2017 winners:

Teacher Winners
Brooks Mullen, High Plains Elementary School
Genevieve Deits, Fox Ridge Middle School
Adriana Yankey, Mrachek Middle School
Georgene Gallington, Hinkley High School
Nicole Lee, Aurora Central High School

First Place Winners
K-3 Cora Hankins, Happiness Means Ending Your Day with a Grateful Heart
4-6 Eve Baker, Cute Puppy
7-8 Noemi Lacunza, Appreciating Life
9-12 Kristina Khuu, Her Hidden Strength

2nd Place Winners
K-3 Jacksson Price, Rocky Mountains
4-6 Olivia Nuetzel, Rainbow Tree
7-8 Xienne Smith, Color Happy
9-12 Rae Stokes, Farm House

Photography Winners
1st Hernan Arellano, Bee of the Flower
2nd Manuela Vidales Pasillas, Flower of Relief

Holiday Card Selection
Julia Gladbach, Colorado Mountains

4th Grade Teacher Recognitions
Ms. Mullen, Ms. Deits, Ms. Yankey, Ms. Gallington and Ms. Lee

Director’s Choice Award Winners
K-3 Annabel Jones, My Toy Store
4-6 Amira Grace Pinnt, Look Inside Yourself
4-6 Ivy Hankins, Happiness is Enjoying the Little Things in Life
7-8 Mckenna Mazeski, Girl Running in the Fall
9-12 Kristin Brown, My Way of Life