Her winning graphic design features a whimsical penguin in an âI Heart Winterâ T-shirt surrounded by snow.
âWhen I first heard I won the contest I didnât believe it,â OâCallaghan said. âI had worked so hard on my drawing, and when I was done I thought it was really good. Iâm so happy that someone else thinks itâs good, too.â
OâCallaghan learned of the âEvery Tee Tells a Storyâ contest in July after reading some information about it in the Landsâ End catalog. Her mom, Christine, said Riley probably spent more time thinking about the design than actually drawing it. She estimates her daughter spent four to six hours altogether on the entry.
Her creative penguin design is featured on a long-sleeved tee in Landsâ Endâs Winter Graphic Tee collection now available online and in the companyâs catalog.
âIt feels so cool knowing that kids will be wearing my design on a shirt,â said OâCallaghan.
As part of her prize, the young fashion designer also received a $500 Landsâ End gift card, and the company made a $1,000 donation to her school, Christ Episcopal School in Rockville.
The school is planning to use the $1,000 for a school-wide tapestry mural project and a large drying rack for the art room.
Her family celebrated their winning artist with an overnight stay in Baltimore that coincided with a live television interview on the Fox Baltimore station.
âWe spent the evening before at a lovely hotel in Baltimore overlooking the harbor, had a fancy dinner, room service for breakfast, the whole nine yards,â said mom Christine OâCallaghan. âAfter the [television] interview, we returned to the hotel and âdecompressedâ at the pool.â
The OâCallaghan family, Christopher, Christine, Connor (15) and Riley, call Featherstone Street in Lakelands home.
âWe moved here six years ago after living in Spain for three years while Christopher served as the [information technology] director at a NATO base,â said Christine.
When Riley isnât drawing or attending school, she reportedly enjoys gymnastics and piano, and she loves to read and write. Not surprisingly, she also loves winter.
âShe loves building snow people and snow animals because she gets to be creative,â said Christine. She said last yearâs blizzards provided a great landscape for her artistic daughter, who also enjoys snow ball fights and building snow forts.
The other Landsâ End contest winner was Thomas West, 11, of Quarryville, Pa. His winning graphic design features a penguin on a snowboard.