Youth Art Contest Winners Announced and on Display in Community Art Show

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Danielle Davis/Communications Manager
National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington, DC [March 27, 2014] – The National Cherry Blossom Festival is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Youth Art Contest. The Youth Art Contest and Community Art Show, coordinated in partnership with the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative was open to all DC public and charter school students in grades K-12.  Students depicted how they would like to “Step Into Spring” with the National Cherry Blossom Festival through their entries. Congratulations to the following first, second, and third place winners within four grade categories. The public will now determine the overall winner from these 12 finalists:

Mather Zung

1st Place (Kindergarten)

Watkins Elementary School

 1st grade

Elizabeth Mejia,

1st Place (grades 3-5)

Seaton Elementary, 3rd grade

Jasia Smith

1st  Place (grades 6-8)

SEED Public Charter School 8th grade

Tyrone McDade

1st  Place (grades 9-12)

Friendship Collegiate Academy

12th grade

Cornelius Gilyard

2nd Place (Kindergarten)

Hendley Elementary School

1st grade

Joshua Delaney

2nd place (grades 3-5)

Watkins Elementary, 4th grade

Miranda Pomroy

2nd Place (grades 6-8)

Stuart-Hobson Middle School

7th grade

William Camp

2nd place (grades 9-12)

Eastern High School

11th grade

Yenci Hernandez-Sanchez

3rd Place (Kindergarten) Community Academy Public Charter School — Amos II Campus, Kindergarten

Maulana Jenkins

3rd place (grades 3-5)

Community Academy Public Charter School – Amos I Campus, 4th grade

Paris Whealton

3rd Place (grades 6-8)

Kelly Miller Middle School

7th grade

Tray Johnson

3rd Place (grades 9-12)

Friendship Collegiate Academy, 12th grade

The public can view all the students’ creativity and vote on the overall winner at the Community Art Show at PEPCO Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW, going on now until April 24, Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4:00pm. Voting will also take place on Facebook. The gallery will have extended school viewing hours for a School Viewing Day on Saturday, April 5 from noon to 4:00pm. The Youth Art Contest and Community Art Show is supported by Pepco Edison Place Gallery and media partners The Washington Post, WPGC 95.5, and El Zol 107.9.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration.  The 2014 Festival, March 20 - April 13, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  The 2014 Festival commemorates the 102nd anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

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