“In a landslide.”
That was the expression SC Johnson Professional representative Scott McGrath used when describing the margin of support East Antigonish Education Centre (EAEC) Grade 3 student Sadie Anderson garnered, as she won the company’s national Happy Hands Contest.
The contest was for an art design for hand soap/sanitizer dispensers. In February, it was revealed Sadie was short-listed along with four other students in the grades P-to-5 category, and that she was the youngest being in Grade 3.
Her competition, a mixture of grade 4 and 5 students, were from Ontario, Alberta and Newfoundland.
The “landslide” McGrath refers to is with the online voting to determine the winner, which took place after the five designs were chosen as finalists.
“That went on for a couple of weeks,” he said, in recalling the length of time people had the opportunity to vote.
McGrath was at the Monastery, Antigonish County-based school Tuesday (May 7) afternoon to make the award presentation to Sadie, which included a $200 gift card to Amazon and a dispenser for her and her school, with her colourful and creative design on them.
He also presented a check for $500 to Sadie’s teacher Derek Druhan, to be used in the school. Druhan initiated the art project for his class.
“Thank you for your wonderful design,” McGrath said, making the presentation in front of Sadie’s class and with members of her family in attendance.
“I was very, very happy,” Sadie said, when asked about her reaction to winning the contest, admitting too to being surprised.
She noted she already had an idea about what she might spend her gift card on, and when talking about seeing her design on an actual dispenser, a wide smile crossed her face.
“I love it,” she beamed.
In taking some questions from Sadie’s class, McGrath noted a couple of things which stood out in designs and helped them to be considered as finalists. He noted having the word ‘germs’ in the design was important and Sadie’s artwork not only included a message referring to germs, but she actually drew germ images as well. McGrath noted “foamy bubbles” was another good image to include on a design.
“It’s meant to educate the students about the importance of hand hygiene and how it affects your health on a day-to-day basis,” he said of the contest, which also has a grades 6-to-8 category.
“We kind of get away from that sometimes, where we don’t wash our hands as frequently as we should; before eating, after touching a lot of papers, passing things around …it’s very important.”
He noted dispensers with Sadie’s design are now part of the SC Johnson Professional catalogue and can now be ordered by anyone. He noted they also include dispensers with the winning designs in trade shows to great response.
Out of more than 800 people, she was selected,” McGrath said. “That includes participation for more than 100 schools.”