EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center is pleased to recognize Cassandra J. Palmer, a senior at Holt High School, as the 23rd annual Holiday Card Design Contest winner. Cassandra has been interested in art since grade school. Her grandfather always said that if he had not put a crayon in her hand, she wouldn’t be where she is today.
Her interest in art increased in middle school. In seventh grade she entered her first competition with a Japanese ink painting of an orchid on rice paper. Her painting won and was professionally matted and hung in the Ingham Intermediate School District in Mason for a year. In eighth grade, she created a portrait of a rabbit with Japanese writing on rice paper using watercolors and paint. It was auctioned off at the Michigan Historical Museum in downtown Lansing during its LEAF (Lansing Educational Advancement Foundation) competition. The money was donated to Lansing schools.
After finding out that Cassie won the competition, she was asked by a local landscaping business to create a holiday card to send to their customers as well. She is currently working on a mock-up design.
Cassie attends the SmART program offered on Saturday mornings at the MSU Kresge Art Center. SmART is for students age 7 through 18 and provides six class sessions of instruction as well as an exhibition day to celebrate the artistic creations of the students. Her other interests include making clay figures and miniature Christmas trees with ornaments.
Cassie’s future plans include attending Lansing Community College in the fall of 2016. After completing her basic requirements, she hopes to attend Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich.