Student Mover & Shaker of the Month – Mary Osburg

Mary Osberg

By: Paula Green

Aquinas Academy third grader Mary Osburg recently won a national art competition sponsored by T.J. Maxx.  The Save the Children initiative aims to secure early education, and they also help children survive by ending preventable, early childhood deaths around the world.  T.J. Maxx has supported this charity for over three decades, which provides support to 25% of children living in poverty across the nation.

The “Maxx Kids Art Contest” ran June 21 through July 11 and 25 winners were selected. All participants were 14 years old or younger.  Submissions were judged on originality, creativity, and applicability to the theme of “what’s your favorite thing in the whole world?” Mary’s talented art work enabled her to be chosen as one of the winners, she was excited to covet this award.

“I was really surprised to be a winner and get so many cool prizes, but I felt even happier to know that the contest helps children,” said Mary.  One of the perks of being a prize winner is Mary’s drawing will be featured on T.J. Maxx’s reusable shopping bags.  The bags can be purchased at the store with proceeds going to Save the Children’s literacy, nutrition and physical activity programs.

Mary’s artistic talents have been noted by others as well.  “Mary has always excelled at art.  It’s something that she works on at home as much as does in class.  My favorite thing about Mary’s art is that she always puts a little bit of herself into it – a little twist on what you’d expect.  Ever since kindergarten, she’s never been afraid to explore.  I am very proud of her creative accomplishments,” Aquinas Academy art teacher, Brady Buchanan stated.

Mary resides in West Deer Township with her mother Jennifer, and 15-year old sister Clara, her father Dr. Jan Osburg lives in the Southside.

In addition to her passion for art, Mary has numerous other interests. “She enjoys participating in plays and choral performances, as well as, helping with gardening at Aquinas and other volunteer projects. Mary is a yellow belt in Taekwondo and sings in the Joyful Noise Children’s Choir of First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown,” said Jennifer.  Keep an eye out for her artwork at participating T.J. Maxx locations near you.