Fifth grader wins antiquities art contest

Student from the Or Lataf School in Givat Olga is winner of Israel Antiquities Authority 20th anniversary contest.

By JOSHUA FREEDMAN
July 7, 2010 22:08
Tagit Machlof holds the winning entry.

Tagit Machlof 311. (photo credit: Israel Antiquities Authority)

A shot of youthful enthusiasm was injected into the Israel Antiquities Authority as the winner of its 20-year anniversary art contest was declared.

The contest, which was launched two months ago following an extensive archeological program for exceptional students, culminated with Tagit Machlof, a fifth-grade student from the Or Lataf School in Givat Olga, winning the prize.

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Voted online at the Antiquities Authority Web site, the winning entry was selected by the public out of about 100 posters to choose from.

The winning piece of art was shaped like a traffic sign, and read, “Do not destroy the ancient past.”

This succinct message perfectly encapsulated what the contest was trying to achieve, organizers said: Namely, that to safeguard the future, one must protect the past.


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