Day Without Violence 2022 Calendar Contest

Judges Announce the Winners of the 2022 ‘A Day Without Violence’ Art & Poetry Contest

Judges helped Betty Griffin Center go through hundreds of entries from students in the St. Johns County School District to select winners in the 2022 Day Without Violence Art and Poetry Calendar Contest.

The agency received more than 1,000 art and poetry entries, and is very grateful for the continued support of the contest by St. Johns County School Teachers, despite all the challenges they faced during the pandemic.

We also want to thank Hartley Print (formerly The Hartley Press), which is sponsoring the printing of the 2022 calendar.


First Place (above) – Ailani Valencia – 10th Grade, Ponte Vedra High School

Second Place (above) – Danica Klir – 8th Grade, Freedom Crossing Academy

The project was open to all St. Johns County students in kindergarten through 12th grade, whether they attended public school, private school or were home-schooled. The number of entries vary each year, depending on the number of students that participate. First-place winners will receive $50, second-place winners receive $25 and all students receiving honorable mentions receive $10 each.

Student artwork will showcased at the opening of the First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine Art Walk on Oct. 1 and displayed at the Crisp Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College throughout October to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

This year’s judges were local artists Annie Kiyonaga and Nancy Hamlin-Vogler, along with Kathe O’Donnelly, the local arts administrator with the St. Johns Cultural Council.

The judges selected the winning entries based on their effectiveness in conveying a positive impression of peacefulness and cooperation, artistic merit, originality, diversity of images (race, gender, age, ability, etc.) and geographical diversity within St. Johns County.

All 13 winning artists and poets, along with eight other previous poetry winners, will have their work reproduced in the Betty Griffin Center ‘A Day Without Violence 2022 Calendar.’ The agency prints more than 3,000 calendars for distribution throughout the county.

In addition to reaching students through the calendar contest, Betty Griffin Center also provides community/school presentations and education as part of its mission to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.

Last year, the center provided trainings and workshops, both virtually and in person, to select St. Johns County Schools. 



First Place – Ailani Valencia – 10th Grade, Ponte Vedra High School

Second Place – Danica Klir – 8th Grade, Freedom Crossing Academy

Honorable Mentions

Creekside High School

Katerina Andersen- 11th Grade

Natalie Hopwood- 9th Grade

Hanna Glatz- 10th Grade

Gwynn Williams- 10th Grade

Grace O’Malley- 11th Grade

Fruit Cove Middle School – Lyla Kohl- 8th Grade

Freedom Crossing Academy – Alexandria Drdla- 8th Grade

Palm Valley Academy – Juliette Weber- 4th Grade

Mill Creek Academy – Kayla Shoemaker- 7th Grade

Ponte Vedra High School – Hollis Lane- 10th Grade

Pacetti Bay Middle School – Marie Jimenez- 7th Grade


First Place – Evie brown- 4th Grade, Home School

Second Place – Jack Reid – 6th Grade, Home School


Honorable Mentions

Mill Creek Academy – Ainsley Forga – 7th Grade

Fruit Cove Middle School – Gabriella Dutton- 8th Grade