NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (April 4, 2022) – Tuscarawas County’s Juvenile Court judge is asking area students for help decorating his courtroom.
Adam Wilgus is inviting graduating high school seniors to submit an original drawing or painting for a chance to win up to $500 toward their educational pursuits.
“There’s not a whole lot in my courtroom right now. It’s kind of bland, and so I was trying to think of what we can do to decorate it a little bit. I have some pictures that other kids have drawn for me or colored for me in the past, and I thought, ‘what a great way to add to the courtroom and at the same time involve kids that are getting ready to graduate.”
Submissions are due by the time the court closes on April 28th, with entry forms available online and at area high school guidance offices. Wilgus plans to hold a reception for the winner and runner-up sometime in May.
“We’re gonna invite the kids as well as their families here to the court and we are gonna have a little presentation of their scholarship as well as the hanging of their artwork here in the courtroom.”
Wilgus says he intends to make this art scholarship contest a yearly occurrence and display the winning entries on the walls indefinitely.