An oil rendering of a Hawaiian fire god earned Orange High School senior Peggy Huang the top prize at the 3rd Annual Exposition of the Arts last month.
Huang won $100 and a plaque for her Best of the Show honor, which was displayed with 186 other pieces of art at Chapman University's Guggenheim Gallery.
Her painting will hang in the Orange Unified School District's public meeting room for a year.
The exposition began three years ago at the urging of Trustee Robert Viviano, who said he wanted to encourage students to study and pursue the fine arts.
About 400 pieces of artwork from elementary and secondary students were juried by Lisa Morlan, an instructor with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Joanne Coontz, mayor of Orange, and Linda Davis, an Orange Unified trustee.
Second-grader Sehreen Ladak of La Veta Elementary School won the Mayor's Award and $25.
Friends of the Orange Public Library chose El Modena High School senior Kuan-Chih Liu to receive a $200 prize.
The Orange Art Assn. awarded $25 to Andy Chung, an eighth-grader from El Rancho Middle School and Stephanie Malmgren, an eighth-grader at Santiago Middle School.
Other winners included Javier Vega, a senior at El Modena, Jennifer Huang, an eighth-grader at Santiago, and Marbella Galindez, a fifth-grader at Handy Elementary School.
--COMPILED BY LESLEY WRIGHT AND JOHN POPE