2010-07-08 / Front Page

Budding Artist Wins Week At Camp

Larissa Englert nabs top honors with drawing of favorite summer activity
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Larissa Englert Larissa Englert A Waterfall area girl’s passion for art recently paid off when she was awarded a free, weeklong camping trip to West Virginia after drawing a picture of her favorite summer pastime – camping.

Eleven-year-old Larissa Englert of 3264 Waterfall Road, Waterfall, learned about the art contest sponsored by WTRM radio from her grandparents, Nelson and Alice Walker. The duo spend an hour each morning listening to the Christian radio station based in Winchester, and shared with the “News” that they thought the contest would be a perfect opportunity for Larissa and her 12-year-old brother, Casey, to showcase their artistic talents.

The contest guidelines were simple, according to the Walkers. Participants must fall between the ages of 7 and 15. Furthermore, only one boy and girl would be selected from a pool of participants in a four-state region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia to attend Camp Sandy Cove in High View, W.Va.

Larissa stated it was a no-brainer to pick camping as her favorite activity. She even managed to work in some additional summertime favorites like building sandcastles and swimming into her drawing.

“I’m even wearing a swimsuit in the picture,” said Larissa of her winning piece that was completed with colored drawing pencils and charcoal.

Older brother Casey, who is involved in Scouting, also selected camping as his favorite activity but chose to focus on his favorite local camping destination - Sinoquipe Scout Reservation in Fort Littleton.

In preparation for her free camping trip that will get under way on July 11 and conclude July 18, Larissa had to select from a variety of activities to focus on during her stay. The nonprofit, nondenominational Christian camp for boys and girls offers an array of activities ranging from skateboarding and hockey to sand volleyball and soccer.

Larissa is slated to participate in gymnastics, horseback riding, pottery and crafts. In addition, a day trip will include additional horseback riding and water tubing. She said more than anything she is looking forward to making new friends, horseback riding and getting away from home to have new experiences.

A seventh-grader at Forbes Road Junior/Senior High School, Larissa enjoys not only art, but music and the performing arts. In her sparetime, she plays trombone and piano and is in her fifth year with Nancy Cogan’s School of Dance in Bedford.

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