Congratulations to High School Visual Arts Competition Winners

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(Bill Carmel, Photographer)
Kate Lee, a 12th grade student at Bentley Upper School won Best in Show for her mixed media piece using charcoal, colored pencil, graphite pencil and cloth. She was awarded $300 in prize money and is pictured here with her entry entitled Controlling the Youth.

    There were 230 entries in the 2022 Lamorinda Arts Council High School Visual Arts Competition. Each of the four categories has 1st place $300, 2nd place $200 and 3rd place $100 cash awards, as well as honorable mention awards $25; in addition to a Best of Show award $300, with a total of $3,000 in awards given.
    All students who live or attend school in the Acalanes Union High School District were eligible to submit work. Event co-chairs, Pat Jenkins and Olga Larner, were delighted so many high school student artists participated in the show. Their entire show can be viewed online through Feb. 2023 at www.lamorindaarts.org/past-winners-archive-vac/.

Best of Show
Controlling the Youth by Kate Lee, Bentley, 12th Grade, Teacher: Kelsey Jones, 2D

2D Awards
1st Place – Pieces of Identity by Natalie Mangani, Las Lomas, 10th Grade, Teacher: Jessica Jurgens
2nd Place – Distance by Kallie Cheung, Las Lomas, 12th Grade, Teacher: Jessica Jurgens
3rd Place – I’m So Blue All the Time by Ava von Behren, Bentley, 12th Grade, Teacher: Kelsey Jones

Honorable Mentions
Untitled by Andrea Liu, Bentley, 11th Grade, Teacher: Kelsey Jones
Gateshead by Kaitlyn Yasumura, Carondelet, 10th Grade, Teacher: Darla Sur
Daucus by Claudia Cruse, Campolindo, 12th Grade, Teacher: Heidi Cabra

3D Awards
1st Place – Get Yourself Together by Emma Ngo, Campolindo, 11th Grade, Artwork Created Independently
2nd Place – Owlberry by Indie Lee, Miramonte, 10th Grade, Artwork Created Independently
3rd Place – Summoning by Holden Bennett, Bentley, 9th Grade, Teacher: Aram Muksian

Honorable Mentions
Societal Confinement by Emile Starkweather, Bentley, 12th Grade, Teacher: Michelle Cho
Body Image to the Core by Kate Lee, Bentley, 12th Grade, Teacher: Kelsey Jones
Untitled (Hammer) by Walter Yip, Bentley, 11th Grade, Teacher: Aram Muksian

Photography Awards
1st Place – Ambiguity by Emma Ngo, Campolindo, 11th Grade, Teacher: Collette Sweeney
2nd Place – Ataraxia by Avery Sims, Bentley, 11th Grade, Teacher: Aram Muksian
3rd Place – Self Portrait of a Pianist by Sydney Zhang, Campolindo, 11th Grade, Teacher: Collette Sweeney

Honorable Mentions
Driving in the Rain by Leonardo Siu, Bentley, 11th Grade, Artwork Created Independently
Untitled by Leyla Nabipour, Campolindo, 11th Grade, Teacher: Collette Sweeney

Lamorinda Arts Alliance Digital Art Awards
1st Place – Different Perspective by Jeanette Lavoie, Campolindo, 12th Grade, Artwork Created Independently
2nd Place – Explosion of Color by Irene Yoon, College Prep, 11th Grade, Teacher: Yousun Kim
3rd Place – Chronic by Charles Platt, Miramonte, 11th Grade, Teacher: Stacey Churchill

Honorable Mentions
Bending Dimensions by Benjamin Randall, Bentley, 12th Grade, Teacher: Aram Muksian
Purple by Vivian Tolajian, Campolindo, 9th Grade, Teacher: Collette Sweeney

(Bill Carmel, Photographer)
Natalie Mangani who is in grade 10 at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek was excited when Pieces of Identity won first place in the 2D category. Mangani received $300 in prize money for her watercolor, ink and collage artwork. Her art teacher is Jessica Jurgens.

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