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Emma Kraus
By Laura Van Wert
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 8:57 p.m.

Peace is the holiday message that Emma Kraus, a fifth-grader at Paynter Elementary School, expressed in her award-winning artwork.

Kraus, 10, won the ninth annual Edgar Snyder & Associates “My Holiday Wish” coloring contest along with five others from Western Pennsylvania, beating out 700 other entries. Her artwork appeared on the firm's holiday card for 2012.

Kraus also received a $100 gift card.

This is the first time that Paynter Elementary School entered the annual coloring contest.

Paynter faculty and staff surprised Kraus with the news that she'd won the contest by announcing it via the building intercom in November. A panel of judges from the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and SXZ Design selected the winning artists earlier in the month.

Kraus' winning design featured the word “Peace” with holiday ornaments and mistletoe.

To view all of the artwork, visit or

Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at

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