Students use art to take stand against gambling

Art by Keizer’s Walea Tombleson will grace the cover of a new calendar.

Hundreds of artists from 11 Oregon counties participated in the Oregon Health Authority’s statewide art contest for middle school students. Designs from three Marion County youth were chosen among the top 12 to be featured in the 2020 Problem Gambling Awareness Calendar. 

Walea Tombleson, a seventhth grade student from Claggett Creek Middle School, was awarded the top state prize and will see her work featured on the cover of the calendar. Artwork from seventh grade students Kelsey Schauer from Whiteaker Middle School and McKenna Morales from Waldo Middle School in Salem will be featured in the calendar as well.

Art by Kelsey Schauer. 

Marion County awarded prizes for the top five entries that moved on to the state contest and included their artwork on awareness posters. These included the three state award winners, as well as Jarrod Kohler, Marion County’s top prize winner, from Whiteaker Middle School and Emmanuel Sandoval from Mt. Angel Middle School.

Printing and distribution of the 2020 calendar is scheduled for fall 2019. For more information about problem gambling prevention or to request a free calendar or awareness poster, contact Michael Keuler, Marion County Health & Human Services at 503-576-2867.