Holiday Card Contest Photo of art supplies

The State Department of Education’s Holiday Card Contest is an opportunity for Idaho students to showcase their creativity and for the state to recognize the importance of arts in education.

For the 2019 contest, more than 700 K-6 students from throughout Idaho submitted colorful artwork filled with holiday cheer. Winners were selected for each grade level, and the overall winner will grace the State Department of Education’s annual holiday greeting card. The winner – this year it’s fifth-grader Lily Wayment of Idaho Falls’ American Heritage Charter School.

The contest is open to all Idaho public school students in grades K through 6. See below for all of this year’s winners, and watch for next year’s announcement so your students can join in the fun!

2019 Holiday Card Contest Winners


  • Lily Wayment
  • 5th Grade
  • American Heritage Charter School
Snow-covered trees framed by the Northern Lights


  • Kylie McKee-Powell
  • North Star Charter School
Winter drawing featuring a mouse and a bear sitting at a lake outside in the winter enjoying their Christmas presents


  • Elle Walker
  • McSorley Elementary
  • Lewiston School District
Painting of snow-covered trees with a bright sunset on a pink sky background


  • Kaelynn Simmons
  • Whitman Elementary
  • Lewiston School District

Marker art with Santa surrounded by his elves and snowmen


  • Yareli Partida
  • Aberdeen Elementary
  • Aberdeen School District
Marker art with Santa surrounded by his elves and snowmen


  • Brinnley Bauer
  • Wilder Elementary
  • Wilder School District
Presents around a christmas tree with a blue reindeer looking on.


  • Analia Lopez
  • Wilder Elementary
  • Wilder School District

Holiday Card Contest Guidelines

  1. The contest is open to Idaho public school students in grades K-6.
  2. Drawings should reflect holiday or winter scenes in Idaho appropriate for seasonal correspondence, and should not include copyrighted images such as Garfield the Cat, Bugs Bunny, Digimon characters, etc.
  3. Drawings should be on 11” x 8.5” paper (landscape format).
  4. Drawings must be properly labeled. Write the name of the student, the student’s grade, district, school, and the teacher’s name on the back of the artwork. Please make sure this information is legible. (If you submit multiple grade levels, please keep the entries for each grade level separate.)
  5. Students may use as many colors as they wish in their drawings and may use watercolors, colored paper, magic markers, crayons, or some combination. Students are encouraged to completely fill the page but keep the design simple. Too many details tend to get lost in the design. Bold colors work best for the printing process. Please note: Fabric designs and pencil drawings are not suitable to our printing process and will not be selected.
  6. Students must be advised that entry into this contest constitutes (1) a waiver of all copyrights students have in their entries, and (2) permission to republish entries without compensation.
  7. Drawings will not be returned.
  8. The winning entries from each grade level will be published on the Idaho State Department of Education website.
  9. Results will be announced in December.