The National MS Society's fourth annual Chalk the Walk contest drew a record number of student participants at Marshall Academy of Fine Arts, where 14 teams created elaborate sidewalk art projects imagining a world free of multiple sclerosis.
Basing their work around the theme "Every Connection Counts," more than 70 sixth, seventh and eighth graders squeezed under a large overhang to avoid Wednesday morning's rainstorms. In spite of the inclement weather, art students crafted some of the best designs in the competition's short history.
For the third year in a row, CultureMap had the honor of serving on the judges panel, which this time included Houston Chronicle features writer Alyson Ward and Melanie Rial from the National MS Society. Top designs were selected based on creativity, presentation and an understanding of a debilitating disease that afflicts 2.3 million people across the globe.
Following a challenging judging session — remember, these are trained art students — Team All Stars was crowded champion, taking home a $150 gift certificate to Texas Art Supply for a detailed design inspired by graffiti art. Click through the slideshow above for a look at the winners.
During the awards ceremony, Marshall Academy surprised the MS Society with a whopping $1,000 donation collected during an impressive student-run fundraising effort.
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