Chances are if you opened your mailbox and found a Christmas card with a snowy hill, a patch of woods, a swing and a decorated tree, then you’ve already seen this year’s art design contest winner.

Hundreds of students from throughout Georgetown County entered their designs into the county’s annual card contest.

Kaitlyn Munoz, 15, a sophomore at Georgetown High School (Art teacher is Mr. Eppolito) submitted the winning entry in the “holiday cards” contest. Her drawing shows a lone swing at night in a yard with fresh snow on the ground and a decorated pine tree under the moonlight and stars above.

The second place design was by Olivia Welsh, 17, a senior at Waccamaw High School (Art teacher is Mr. Peterman). Her design shows reindeer on a roof, a snowman in the front yard, and a hefty Santa Claus stuck in the chimney, hollering “Ho Ho Ho. Oh No.”

Emily Rivers Roberts, 11, came in third place. She is a sixth-grader at Waccamaw Intermediate School (Art teacher is Ms. Weaver). Her design includes a Christmas tree, a fire and Santa Claus on a beach.

Georgetown County Councilman Austin Beard presented the awards to each of the students during council's Dec. 11 meeting. His employer, Anderson Brothers Bank, sponsors the contest and provides a monetary prize to each winner.

Munoz’ winning entry was used for the front of Christmas cards that were mailed out to all county employees and others by Georgetown County government.

Students in grades K-12 were invited to participate in the contest this year as in previous years. All contest entries are on display in the Georgetown Library on Cleland Street through the end of the year.