Divergent Novels Inspire Chisholm High School Senior

Danae Stidham's pencil sketch of heroine Tris Prior of the Divergent series has won the OEA's 2019 Read Across America poster contest.

Stidham is a senior at Chisholm High School in the Chisholm district near Enid in northwest Oklahoma.

"Every Hero Has a Story" was the theme for this year's competition. Students were asked to hand draw or paint a picutre of their favorite hero from literature. Wonder Woman, Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and Harry Potter were popular subjects in the submitted artworks. But so too were historical figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and George Washington.

This year's contest drew a record 2,095 entries, easily the most entries ever in a single year. This year's kindergarten through second grade division was a coloring contest, which drew 1,112 entries.

In addition to Stidham's Best in Show winner, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Distinction and honorable mentioned were given in four categories: kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grades, sixth through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades. 

2019 Winning Drawings

Best in Show

“Tris Prior: Divergent” by Danae Stidham
Senior, Chisholm High School, Chisholm

Division Winners


9th-12th Grade

Award of Excellence

“Wonder Woman,” by Mariah Roebuck
Sophomore, Perry High School, Perry


Award of Distinction

“Remember (MLK, Jr.),” by Stormi Kitchens
Sophomore, Midwest City High School, Mid-Del


Honorable Mention

“Be - WONDER-ful,” by Bridget Krup
Sophomore, Valliant High School, Valliant

“Girl Under the Floor,” by Meghan Cook
Junior, Midwest City High School, Mid-Del

“The Lightning Bolt Scar,” by Seth Lomp
Freshman, Muldrow High School, Muldrow

6th-8th Grade

Award of Excellence

"Grand Master,” by Anna Zheng
6th Grade, Whittier Middle School, Norman


Award of Distinction

“Sherlock Holmes,” by Kate Xue
7th Grade, Whittier Middle School, Norman


Honorable Mention

“City of Bones (Clasy),” by Rayne Davis
7th Grade, Muldrow Middle School, Muldrow

“A Dog's Purpose,” by Ariyah Givings
6th Grade, Bristow Middle School

“Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman,” by Lance Dailey
8th Grade, Cache Middle School, Cache

“Michael Mell (from Be More Chill),” by Dakyra Holley
6th Grade, Skelly Elementary School, Tulsa

3rd – 5th Grade

Award of Excellence

“Harry Potter,” by Vivian Bui
5th Grade, Northridge Elementary, Putnam City


Award of Distinction

“Portrait of Mei Hatsume,” by Danielle Sandoval
5th Grade, Jenks West Intermediate School, Jenks


Honorable Mention

“We're All a Little Mad for Books Here,” by Mckenna Jenkins
4th Grade, Highland Park Elementary, Broken Arrow

“Crenshaw Helped Me Get Through It All,” by Graciela Torres
5th Grade, Lewis & Clark Elementary, Tulsa

“Wonder,” by Xareny Rodriquez
5th Grade, Lewis & Clark Elementary, Tulsa

Kindergarten – Second Grade


Award of Excellence

“The Flame Thrower,” by Henry Thompson
2nd Grade, Highland Park Elementary, Broken Arrow


Award of Distinction

by Leighton Reed
1st Grade, Hilldale Public Schools


Honorable Mention

by Jase Hammond
Kindergarten, Ranch Heights Elementary, Bartlesville

by Delana Ritchit
2nd Grade, Verdigris Lower Elementary, Verdigris

by Jaden Kamaa
2nd Grade, Northridge Elementary, Putnam City


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