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Local student wins Virginia Youth Art Month Flag Design contest

Monday, Feb. 10 | By Contributed article
Maria Cruz, an eighth-grade student at Taylor Middle School, has won the Virginia Youth Art Month Flag Design Competition. Her design, selected by a panel of art teachers from around the state, will be made into a large flag and sent to San Diego, CA, for display at the Na-tional Art Education Association Convention March 29-31 along with the other states’ winners. In the fall the flag will be on display at the Virginia Art Educators Asso-ciation Conference in Midlothian, VA.

Maria’s art teacher, Amy Ashman, was impressed with the artistic elements of Maria’s design.

“When Maria was working on her design, her use of color stood out. It really creates balance in her composition,” she said. “I also was impressed with how she really filled the space with her creative symbols rep-resentative of Virginia.”

Maria was extremely excited to hear the news that her design had won.

“Wow! I didn’t think mine would win first place, especially since there were so many entries,” she said.

Maria’s design wasn’t the only local winner in the competition. In addition to the overall grand prize, first-place winners were named at the elementary, middle and high school levels. T.J. Brooks, a fifth-grade student at Brumfield Elementary School, won first place in the state’s elementary school division. T.J. will receive a large color poster of his de-sign along with an award. His art teacher, Jessica Beach, said of his poster, “It was very well designed and included the national Youth Art Month theme – ‘Art Builds Bridges.’ He also took great care in the craftsmanship of his work.”

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