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BUENA PARK : Student Art Show Winners Honored

Sixth-grader Christine Leva created a work of art that portrays herself.

The self-portrait has a bird perched on a branch, a moon with a shooting star and a saxophone with notes streaming out.

The 12-year-old student at St. Pius V Catholic School said her artwork captures her talents and personality.

“I’m creative, and I’m shy and sensitive,” she said.

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Christine was among participants in Buena Park’s 18th annual Student Art Show who were honored at a City Hall reception last week.

Christine, the first-place winner among sixth-grade entrants, said her accomplishment as an artist makes her feel proud.

“I want people to say they like my artwork,” said Christine, who aspires to be a nurse. “It makes me feel happy.”

Edgar Martinez, 11, a fourth-grader at Danbrook Elementary School who wants to be an artist, also expressed pride in winning a first-place award.

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“I’m very happy,” said Edgar, who drew a colorful picture of a jungle with an elephant, a monkey swinging from one tree to another, birds flying and a tiger killing a deer. “I thought I wasn’t even going to get a prize.”

The annual show is sponsored by the city’s Fine Arts Commission. This year’s show attracted artworks from 160 youngsters, said Carol Young, who ran the show and is a teacher at Charles G. Emery Elementary School.

The reception for the young artists was a showcase for the children and was attended by parents, teachers and school and city officials.

“It gives them a chance to shine,” Young said.

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Entries were submitted by students in kindergarten through sixth grade from St. Pius V and schools in Buena Park and the Centralia School District. Students competed against others in their grades for ribbons for first, second and third places, and honorable-mention awards.

“We’ve always had a lot of art coming from younger students,” Young said. “Now I’m seeing a lot of sixth-grade entries.”

And the children seem to be producing higher-quality artwork. “It seems they have more confidence in their work,” Young said.

Among the winners were:

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* Kindergarten--Jovie Lopez, St. Pius V, first; Tierra Keahey, Arthur F. Corey Elementary, second; and Vincent Castaneda, St. Pius V, third.

* First grade--Ann Marie Laroza, Gordon H. Beatty Elementary, first; So Jyung Kang, Corey Elementary, second; and Rosemarie Tamayo, St. Pius V, third.

* Second grade--Heather Armstrong, Emery Elementary, first; Alex Heath, Beatty Elementary, second; and Mark Mancilla, Centralia Elementary, third.

* Third grade--Gwam Oh, Corey Elementary, first; Julie Lee, Corey Elementary, second; and David Puthoff, Emery Elementary, third.

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* Fourth grade--Edgar Martinez, Danbrook Elementary, first; Wilfred Asperin, Danbrook Elementary, second; and Jeffrey Kulp, Emery Elementary, third.

* Fifth grade--Grace Oh, Corey Elementary, first; Alana Barrios, George B. Miller Elementary, second; and Kenia Casillas, San Marino Elementary, third.

* Sixth grade--Christine Leva, St. Pius V, first; Nicholas Piscitelli, Beatty Elementary, second; and Gustavo Rodriguez, James A. Whitaker Elementary, third.


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