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Graffiti art champions: Sidewalk art gets its due as a world without Multiple Sclerosis is imagined

Graffiti art champions: Sidewalk art gets its due in Houston

Chalk the Walk for MS sidewalk chalk art contest October 2013 check held by students
Following a sidewalk art competition, middle schoolers at Marshall Academy of Fine Arts present a whopping $1,000 for the MS Society — funds raised by the students themselves. Photo by Tyler Rudick
Chalk the Walk for MS sidewalk chalk art contest October 2013 1st place, The All Stars
First place, The All Stars Photo by Tyler Rudick
Chalk the Walk for MS sidewalk chalk art contest October 2013 2nd place Team IDK Crew
Second place, Team IDK Crew Photo by Tyler Rudick
Chalk the Walk for MS sidewalk chalk art contest October 2013 3rd place Team Catamounts
Third place, Team Catamounts Photo by Tyler Rudick
Chalk the Walk for MS sidewalk chalk art contest October 2013 overall  shot
Taking shelter from Wednesday's rainstorms, students crammed under an overhang to create 14 art projects. Photo by Tyler Rudick
Chalk the Walk for MS sidewalk chalk art contest October 2013 check held by students
Chalk the Walk for MS sidewalk chalk art contest October 2013 1st place, The All Stars
Chalk the Walk for MS sidewalk chalk art contest October 2013 2nd place Team IDK Crew
Chalk the Walk for MS sidewalk chalk art contest October 2013 3rd place Team Catamounts
Chalk the Walk for MS sidewalk chalk art contest October 2013 overall  shot

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. 

Those interested in raising their own funds for the MS Society can take part in two Walk MS events this month — one in Houston on Nov. 10 and another in Kemah on Saturday, Nov. 16.

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