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'Chalk' full of talent

  • Students view their chalk art at the Harrisburg High School chalk contest Monday.

    Students view their chalk art at the Harrisburg High School chalk contest Monday.
    TRAVIS DENEAL PHOTO

  • A student artist creates a Halloween-themed image with Michael Myers' mask, a knife and a jack-o'-lantern at Harrisburg High School's chalk contest Monday.

    A student artist creates a Halloween-themed image with Michael Myers' mask, a knife and a jack-o'-lantern at Harrisburg High School's chalk contest Monday.
    TRAVIS DENEAL PHOTO

  • A Galatia chalk contest team whisks excess chalk dust from the team's entry. From left are team members Tristan Mitchell, Briana Rojas, Elliana Field and Maycee Murphy.

    A Galatia chalk contest team whisks excess chalk dust from the team's entry. From left are team members Tristan Mitchell, Briana Rojas, Elliana Field and Maycee Murphy.
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  • Harrisburg High School chalk contest participants gather for a group photo at the chalk contest.

    Harrisburg High School chalk contest participants gather for a group photo at the chalk contest.
    PHOTO COURTESY OF NATALIE DUNK

 
By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
updated: 11/1/2018 11:17 PM

HARRISBURG -- Students from 10 southern Illinois schools converged Monday along the sidewalks surrounding Harrisburg Middle School to display their artistic talents while competing in the annual chalk contest sponsored by Harrisburg High School's art department.

HHS art teacher Natalie Dunk said the contest originally was scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27, but fall rains caused her to postpone it to Monday, when students could take advantage of dry sidewalks and summerlike temperatures.

"I am happy we moved the contest from Friday and used our rain date, because the weather (Monday) was beautiful," Dunk said.

One team from Carmi took first place; two Carterville teams won second and the Teacher's Choice award. A Cobden team took third-place honors.