Announcing the We Are America Art Contest Winners!

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

We Are America Art Contest Winners Announced

As a part of the California Reads: Searching for Democracy project, children in grades K-8 were invited to submit original drawings, paintings, collages, or photos in our art contest, named “We Are America”. Nearly 200 children submitted original artwork for the art contest, and six were selected for the top prizes.

The art contest was judged by Cupertino Library Commissioners Ann Stevenson and Janet Riddell, Toby Librand, Grant Coordinator for the Milpitas Unified School District, and Santa Clara County Library District staff Gail Mason, Cen Campbell and Ron Garavaglia.

The winning art works will be on display at all Santa Clara County Community Libraries from November 2012- February 2013, beginning with the Morgan Hill Library.  Contest winners will receive a certificate signed by the judges, a book, and a 150+ piece art supply kit.  

Category: K thru 2nd

Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade: First Place picture of hand holding  - Poem Shiney


Artist: Poem Shiney
Age: 6
Grade: 2nd
School: Meyerholz School, Cupertino

"America is great because all people are accepted and loved. America is also great because we can all live I freedom. Finally, America is great because we all make America America!"

Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade: Second Place picture of statue of liberty under tree - Archit Bhattacharyya


Artist: Archit Bhattacharyya
Age: 5
Grade: K
School: Faria School, Cupertino

"In this colorful world, America is a great messenger of "Peace."

Category: 3rd thru 5th

3rd thru 5th Grade: First Place kids at flag table - Phillip Baek


Artist: Phillip Baek
Age: 10
Grade: 4th
School: Huff School, Los Altos

"We all stand to hold and support our country. Even though we have different backgrounds, the country we are holding forms one, therefore is great America."

3rd thru 5th Grade: Second Place eagle with flag - Kimberly Fong


Artist: Kimberly Fong
Age: 9
Grade: 4thSchool: Gardner Bullis, Los Altos

"America is great because people come here with a dream and those people achieve it. Another thing that makes America great is it's okay to be different. You can be whatever you want to be."

Category: 6th thru 8th

6th thru 8th Grade: First Place multicultural people with flag - Rhee Kang

First place

Category: 6th thru 8th

Artist: Rhee Kang
Age: 12
Grade: 7th
School: Miller Middle School, Saratoga

"America is a land and welcoming nation of opportunities. Like its fireworks, the people who live in America are diverse in size, shape and color. Unlike lots of other countries, America is creative, fair, and full of choices and second chances. That is what makes America so great."

6th thru 8th: Second Place girl with flag, statue, tree, bridge, etc... - Mary Jo Izabel Mendoza

second place

Category: 6th thru 8th

Artist: Mary Joe Izabel Mendoza
Age: 11
Grade: 6th
School: Miller Middle School, Cupertino

"The land of dreams, freedom, hope and wisdom. What more can I ask for. As a child, I have dreams to be best at everything I do, and have a future full of happiness in every way. Since I just came here, I feel like I'm already living my dream and on my way to a brighter future full of dreams, hope and opportunities. Opportunity to change and try to be the best."

The “We Are America” contest was a part of the California Reads: Searching for Democracy project in partnership with CalHumanities.

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