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Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center Announces Art & Writing Contest Winners

Credit: Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center.
Credit: Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center.
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center is happy to announce the award winners of the 17th Annual Art & Writing Challenge for middle and high school students.

The theme of this year's contest was how we can work together to celebrate the diversity in our world while challenging stereotypes and encouraging community.

The students were given a prompt using quotes from Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nearly 500 submissions were received for this year's contest from all over Contra Costa County. Submissions included creative writing (poetry and plays), essays, art (photography, acrilyc, mosaic, sculpture, watercolor) and videos.

Students, their families and teachers will be recognized at an Awards Dinner in Walnut Creek on May 10 which is also open to the public.  

This year's winners are: 

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Ivy Hughes Creative Writing Pittsburg 
  • Taylor Welsh Art Northgate 
  • Harini Rajan Essay Dougherty Valley 
  • Katie Kwak Art Athenian 
  • Khristin Labao Art Pittsburg 
  • Cristina Mendez Creative Writing Heritage 
  • Janelle Celestine Art Antioch 
  • Imani Reeves Art Antioch 
  • Katherin Buffum Essay Independence 
  • Vincent Creative Writing Independence 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Holly Lawrence Creative Writing Dorris-Eaton
  • Neil Smith Art Walnut Creek Intermediate
  • Olivia Lee Creative Writing Carquinez 
  • Faith Crow Art Walnut Creek Intermediate
  • Devon Westhafer Art Walnut Creek  Intermediate
  • Alex White Creative Writing Iron Horse 
  • Verenice Ortiz Art Hercules 
  • Alyssa Arino Essay Sequoia 
  • Sofia Ciatola Art Walnut Creek Intermediate
  •  Millie Barman Creative Writing Dorris-Eaton 

For more information on this contest and the Awards Dinner go to:www.ourpeacecenter.orgwww.creatingpeacefulschools.weebly.com or call(925) 933-7850.

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