Readers proved up to the challenge of creating unique Christmas tree ornaments from the newspaper, as dozens entered the first contest organized by The Missourian.

“Cut, paste, fold, mold — whatever it takes to craft the winning entry” was the challenge calling for newspaper crafted entries in four age divisions: elementary school, middle school, high school and adult.

A dozen ornaments were featured on The Missourian’s Facebook page each day for 12 consecutive days beginning Dec. 1. The final winners in each age division, announced here, will be awarded a $25 cash prize. They are:

Elementary Winner — Makaylynn Ray.

Middle School Winner — Taylor Kahn.

High School Winner — Nick Kirk.

Adult Winner — Rhonda Ray.

All the entries submitted are featured on The Missourian’s Christmas Tree in the St. Peter’s Festival of Trees through December.

Visitors can view the ornaments on the tree, along with other sponsored themed trees, in St. Peter’s Church at 20 E. Fifth St. on Saturdays between 3 and 7 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to vote on their favorite trees with nonperishable food items placed under the trees. Donations will be distributed between the three food pantries: Loving Hearts, St. Francis Borgia and St. Peter’s UCC.

Readers who can’t make it to the Festival of Trees can still vote for The Missourian’s tree by dropping nonperishable food items at any Missourian office to be placed under the tree.

Crafty readers who missed this year’s contest can start work on an entry for the 2018 Missourian Ornament Contest, as the newspaper plans to make the contest an annual event.