Winners of K9s for Cops Art Show Contest | Arts & Culture
Lakeland, Florida -- Three lucky students from area middle and high schools were named the winners of an art contest put on by the K9s for Cops organization.
Residents of the Estates at Carpenters narrowed down the field of 50 submissions from 11 to 18 years olds down to 10, which were then narrowed down to the top 3 by the Polk County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit. From there, Sheriff Grady Judd made the final decision on first, second and third place winners.
"The purpose of the K-9s for Cops Art Contest was to acknowledge police dogs as valuable assets to law enforcement and to raise awareness that these dogs require care and training," said Michelle Robare, community relations representative of the Estates at Carpenters. "The artwork we received was fantastic and will be display at the Estates at Carpenters in January."
Brooke Hearn from Lakeland Highland Middle School won first place, Tara Weirather from All Saints Academy won second place and Courtney Trohn, also from All Saints, won third place. Each winner received an iTunes gift card donated to K-9s for Cops by Best Buy in Lakeland.
K-9s for Cops is a partnership between the Estates at Carpenters and the Polk County Sheriff's Office that endeavors to raise funds to purchase canines for the K-9 unit and provide for their wellbeing throughout their career.