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Azalea Festival celebrates student artists

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center was a bit more colorful Friday afternoon.

The walls were decorated with art created by elementary and middle students as part of the Azalea Festival Children's Art Contest.

More than 200 artists from New Hanover and Pender counties submitted their work. 35 pieces were selected for the exhibit.

Ruthie Wainwright and Slyvia Atwood were chosen as the contest's winners.

Wainwright, a 5th grader at Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences, says she was very excited when she found out her collage won.

"I got in the car after school and my mom was like 'Oh my God I have to tell you something,' and I was like 'Okay?' She started freaking out and then she finally told me and I was like 'Oh my God,'" she said.

The two ladies along with the Azalea party visited the Governor's Mansion last week and presented Governor Pat McCrory with a copy of their prints.

They will also ride in the parade next Saturday.

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