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Art Piece Created by K. Moore

Art Piece Created by K. Moore

Twenty-Four Young and Talented Elk Grove Unified Student Artists Submitted Exemplary Works of Art for This Year’s Theme, “Our Cultural Tapestry”

ELK GROVE, Calif. – March 16, 2017 – The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) Superintendent, Christopher R. Hoffman, recognized 24 student artist winners during the 12th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest and this year’s theme was, “Our Cultural Tapestry.” Middle and high school students submitted a record total of 354 pieces of original art this school year. Teachers, students and their families were invited to the March 13, 2017 awards reception at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center.

The “Best in Show” award, as well as other special awards were announced at the awards reception. A “Best in Show” personalized trophy and $50 Visa gift card was awarded to Krystal Moore from Elk Grove High School, whose art submission garnered the highest average score from all of the volunteer judges. The Law Offices of Lozano Smith sponsored the contest and assisted in awarding the prizes.

Submissions were turned in by February 3, 2017 and judged by a panel of Sacramento area volunteer community members on February 24. The panel judged each entry based on the following: originality and creativity; composition and design; and craftsmanship and skill. This year’s judges were Maria Mertz – commissioner of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Kanika Marshall, Dee Tschida, Cheryl Griess, Judy Knott and Ron Ridley – Elk Grove Artists, Judy Tafoya – Arts Advocate, and local professional artist Michael Gill.

The first place winner in each category received a $50 gift card, a ribbon, and a certificate. Ribbons, certificates and $25 gift cards were awarded to second and third place winners. Winning artwork are on display can be viewed in the Superintendent’s office for one year.

This year’s special awards were given to:

  • Best in Show Award – for the highest points scored out all first place winners:
    Krystal Moore – Elk Grove High School
  • The Theme Award – for artwork which fully illustrates the theme, “Our Cultural Tapestry”:
    Elissa Apaza – Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School
  • The Lozano Smith Award – for outstanding originality:
    Marcia Cagandahan – Sheldon High School
  • The Superintendent’s Award of Excellence – for exceptional artistic talent:
    Marcia Cagandahan – Sheldon High School

This year’s winners in eight categories are:

  • Paint/Pastel:
    1st Place – Brooke Shelly – Sheldon High School
    2nd Place – Jennifer Katiuzhinsky – Sheldon High School
    3rd Place – Mai Thy Nguyen – Sheldon High School
  • Pencil/Ink/Charcoal:
    1st Place – Marcia Cagandahan – Sheldon High School
    2nd Place – Rachel Lee – Pleasant Grove High School
    3rd Place – Kulpreet Bangarh – Sheldon High School
  • Black & White Photography:
    1st Place – Luis Diaz – Elk Grove High School
    2nd Place – Lilliana Sargent – Elk Grove High School
    3rd Place – Dane Kaiser – Elk Grove High School
  • Digital Photography/Computer Graphics:
    1st Place – Krystal Moore – Elk Grove High School
    2nd Place – Britny Clayberger – Elk Grove High School
    3rd Place – Joshua Milinkovich – Elk Grove High School
  • Mixed Media:
    1st Place – Christine Dasalla – Monterey Trail High School
    2nd Place – Rongrong He – Monterey Trail High School
    3rd Place – Chee Thao – Monterey Trail High School
  • 3-Dimensional:
    1st Place – Lesley Soto – Laguna Creek High School
    2nd Place – Rachel Lee – Pleasant Grove High School
    3rd Place – Jacqueline Warren – Pleasant Grove High School
  • Middle School Mixed Media:
    1st Place – Elissa Apaza – Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School
    2nd Place – Diane Dang – Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School
    3rd Place – Vanessa Carandang – Harriet Eddy Middle School
  • Middle School 3-Dimensional:
    1st Place – Nancy Zheng – Harriet Eddy Middle School
    2nd Place – Savanna Ogborn-Grandy – Harriet Eddy Middle School
    3rd Place – Jeff Rasmussen Jr. – Harriet Eddy Middle School

About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 65 schools: 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 40 career-themed academies and pathways within 13 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and strive for having every student learning in every classroom, every subject, every day.

For more information about the Elk Grove Unified School District, please visit www.egusd.net and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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