By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia and his wife Linda announced that Liam White, a 7th grade student at West Blocton Middle School in Bibb County, was selected as the cover artist for the 2012 Holiday Call Card for Art. The program provides a creative outlet for talented students with visual impairments.
Liam’s cover work was entitled, ‘Christmas Train.’ Faye Greer is his teacher at West Blocton Middle School. The participants in this year’s program were honored at a reception at the Hoover Public Library. Rep. Bachus said, “These students have captured the Christmas season by sharing their talents with us. The originality and diversity of their artwork is truly inspiring. It is a privilege to be able to recognize these gifted and loving children. The joy on the faces of the children and their parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and teachers was inspiring for everyone who attended and was a blessed way to welcome the Christmas season.”
The annual Holiday Card Call is sponsored by the UAB School of Optometry Vision Science Research Center, Education and Outreach Module and the UAB School of Education. In 1993, Congressman Bachus and Mrs. Bachus began using the original art in their holiday card highlighting the accomplishments of the local students. The cards are received by more than 7,000 people.
Other students who were recognized for their artwork include: Robin Adair for her “Sparkle Tree” work; Harper Boland for his work, “Santa”; Frankayla Brazill for “Winter’s Night”; Christopher Brown for “Joy to the World”; Destiny Cobbs for her work, “The Christmas Message”; Taylor Cosby for “Christmas Penguin”; Katie Crook for “Katie’s Shiny Tree”; Taylor E. Davis for “Snow Tree”; Jaxon Dodd for “Dad and Decorating”; Gracie Faulkner for “Christmas in Wonderland”; Regan Green for “Skiing Snowman”; Mya Harris for “Star of Wonder”; Hope Hickman for “Candy Cane”; Hope Hughes for “Let It Snow”; Rachel Hyche for “Christmas Ornaments”; Hailey Grace Leslie for “Christmas Morning”; Maxwell Marchalonis for “Wreath”; Trenton Mays for “Santa’s Yearbook Picture”; Bailey Olmstead for “Bridge to Peace”; Cade Osborne for “Fluffy Frosty”; Sacchi P. Patel for “Candle in the Night”; Kristopher Gage Patterson for “Trees to Touch”; Beck Peterson for “The Nutcracker”; Ren Peterson for “Ho Ho Santa”; Leon Rosato III for “Trees”; Shy’Ailah Rutledge for “Peace on Earth”; Mariah Ryce for “Christmas in the Snow”; Dylan Sebastian, “A Joyful Heart”; Christopher Thorn for “Tis the Reason”; Liam White, “Christmas Train”; Aubrey Whiteley for “Wish Upon a Star”; Belle Williams for “Frosty the Snowman”; Kayla Wilson for “Snowman”; and Isabella Windsor for “Christmas Bright Lights”.
The reception honoring all of the artists entering the Call for Art will is held annually allowing them to meet the UAB Vision Science Research Center Education and Outreach staff as well as Congressman and Mrs. Bachus.
Congressman Spencer Bachus represents Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District. The senior Alabama member of the Alabama Congressional Delegation was just easily reelected to his eleventh term in the United States Congress despite facing both primary and general election challengers.