The 15-year-old then asked her art teacher, Ashley Houlihan, for any suggestions as to how she could improve it before it was submitted.
Houlihan made one or two suggestions to give her student’s design a warmer, more “homey” look and that may well have made the difference.
Auguste’s work was one of four winning holiday card designs from 129 entries submitted from Douglas County Schools as part of the annual arts center competition.
Auguste’s winning design, showing a small boy looking out his dining room window for Santa’s arrival, captured the high school category competition.
In addition to Auguste, three other Douglas students were selected for their outstanding original holiday card designs.
Turner Middle School eight-grader Itzel Vargas, 14, daughter of Paola Andalon, won an award for her holiday card showing perfectly-drawn bells.
New Manchester Elementary School in Douglasville could also lay claim to a winner as fourth-grader Tatiana Serrano, 10, daughter of Victoria Villeda, took top honors with her card design of a brightly-decorated Christmas tree with the words “Merry Christmas” uniquely positioned on the tree.
The youngest artist to win was Winston Elementary School second-grader Annie Barker, 8, daughter of Brandon and Julie Barker, with her brightly-colored design showing a reindeer and Christmas tree.
“I wanted to use a lot of color and a blue Christmas background and I thought it was pretty good,” she said.
According to Cultural Arts Council Director Laura Lieberman, the holiday card designs were created by elementary, middle and high school students from 20 Douglas County schools.
Following their selection, the winning cards were reproduced in full color for the first time this year.
Arts center gallery committee chairman Allen Culpepper said the judges were delighted with the quality of designs turned in by the students.
“It was awfully difficult to pick only four of these student works of art to be printed as our winners,” he said.
“In fact, we want everyone to know that each child in this show is a winner.”
Culpepper said the students were selected to represent their schools.
“The students who submitted their holiday card designs should be very proud of themselves because we are sure proud of them,” Culpepper said.
One of the volunteers at the arts center, June Keen, said the submitted artwork showed great imagination and a unique use of color.
“These students have great imaginations and should be proud of themselves,” she said.