There was a lot of fun and excitement at Aurora Mental Health Center’s 7th annual Student Art Contest and Show this year, where a record breaking 553 pieces of art submitted from 32 different schools and educational organizations were featured. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade created artworks based on the theme of “Living Life to the Fullest.” Held at the Red Lion Hotel in Aurora, students, parents, grandparents and teachers came out to celebrate the students’ artistic achievements and view the diverse pieces of art that were created for this year’s show. First and second place winners in each of the 4 grade categories, as well as four  Director’s Choice Award recipients, received a special recognition and gift certificates provided by sponsor Citywide Banks.

Aurora Mental Health Center staff were also recognized during the celebration. Nick Mancini was honored as Intern of the Year, Jennifer McNeill received the award for Administrative Staff of the Year, Michael George was named Adult Family Services Clinician of the Year, Maki Sonoda was honored as Family Services Clinician of the Year and Sheila Pomeranz was named Manager of the Year. Retiring board members Jane Barber, Tim Hand and Nancy O’Shields were also honored, and a special award was given to retiring Board President Larry Davila for 21 years of service.

With more than 400 employees, 50 interns and 40 volunteers, the Aurora Mental Health Center is a full service community mental health center committed to creating healthy and secure communities by providing the least restrictive service that ensures quality, appropriate, and efficient care. Learn more by visiting