Courtesy St. Matthew School
St. Matthew student Emily Clauson won first prize for her picture highlighting the corporal works of mercy.

Courtesy St. Matthew School

St. Matthew student Emily Clauson won first prize for her picture highlighting the corporal works of mercy.

HILLSBORO — St. Matthew student Emily Clauson won first place in a poster contest sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland to promote the Year of Mercy. Clauson was the top pick in the sixth-to-eighth-grade category.

As a way to include children across the archdiocese in the Year of Mercy, students were asked to create a poster depicting God’s loving mercy in one of four categories: feed the hungry (grades K-two), shelter the homeless (grades three-five), corporal works of mercy (grades six-eight) and spiritual works of mercy (high school).

To illustrate the corporal works of mercy, Clauson depicted a homeless man sleeping on a bench wrapped in newspaper. Drawn on the newspaper are the seven corporal works of mercy. For her winning entry, Clauson received a $100 prize along with recognition at a Year of Mercy school liturgy in November.