From the Office of State Senator John Carona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 1998
CONTACT: John Krueger, 512/463-0116

Senator John Carona Awards Grand-Prize Winners of
Senate District 16 Art Contest

(DALLAS)--State Senator JOHN CARONA (R-Dallas) this week personally awarded the grand-prize winners of the first "The Spirit of Texas Art Contest" he sponsored for fourth graders in Senate District 16. The theme of the contest was "Texas-The Lone Star State." Senator Carona remarked, "As a student of Texas' wonderful heritage, I sponsored this contest as a way to get more school children interested in our remarkable state."

Senator Carona mailed a contest announcement and set of rules to each of the 111 elementary schools located in his Senate District. Each school selected a winner from their entrants and submitted that entry to Senator Carona's office as a finalist for three grand prizes. 14 finalists were received from the more than 645 total entries. The First Place winner received a $100 Savings Bond, the Second Place winner received a $75 Savings Bond, and Third Place was awarded a $50 Savings Bond. All prizes for this contest were provided by Senator Carona and his family.

The three grand-prize winners were:

1st Place--Jordan Miller, Walnut Glen Academy, Garland ISD

2nd Place--Dante Donati, Classical Magnet School, Richardson ISD

3rd Place--Milton Moreno, Edwin J. Keist Elementary School, Dallas ISD

Senator Carona visited the schools of the grand-prize winners to personally present the awards. "All the submissions were very creative and the students impressed me with their artistic talent, which made the final decisions very difficult," Senator Carona explained.

All students who participated received a congratulatory certificate and finalists received Honorable Mention ribbons. Senator Carona concluded his visits to each school by saying, "I want to thank the teachers who promoted this challenge and especially the students who responded with such fine efforts."

All the finalist entries had their artwork specially displayed in the Texas State Capitol during the week of April 21, 1998, as Texans celebrated San Jacinto Day.



1st Place Art--Jordan Miller,Walnut Glen Academy,Garland ISD
1st Place--Jordan Miller,
Walnut Glen Academy, Garland ISD

2nd Place Art--Dante Donati,Classical Magnet School, Richardson ISD
2nd Place--Dante Donati,
Classical Magnet School, Richardson ISD

3rd Place Art--Milton Moreno,Edwin J. Keist Elementary School, Dallas ISD
3rd Place--Milton Moreno,
Edwin J. Keist Elementary School, Dallas ISD

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