Thursday, June 18, 2015

ECAT Youth Art Contest

In April, Lana's art teacher Mrs. Miller helped her enter an 
Escambia County Area Transportation Youth Art contest.

Today was the awards ceremony and

They put her artwork and name on the side of a city ECAT bus!!
It will be a mobile gallery for an entire year!

We were so proud!

 Here is her piece of artwork:

Waiting for the awards ceremony:

Oh, how I wish I was taking video when that big bus rolled around the corner with her artwork displayed on it!  

WEAR TV was on site

The head of Escambia County area transportation systems,
and the deputy superintendent of Escambia County Schools 
were just a few of the dignitaries on hand for the ceremony.

They had just announced that she was the grand prize winner!
She is always so cool, calm, and collected.
Only the ones who know her best would see her little mannerisms that show her nervousness,
the most prominent of which is pushing her hair back over her shoulders repeatedly.

with our deputy superintendent

She was presented with a brand new set of oil pastels along with her trophy.

Our artist!!

All of the winners:

This bus will be on site during the next Gallery Night,
and then it will be put into commission doing routes in Pensacola.

So.  Stinking.  Proud.

Love that beautiful blue cross just near the handicap entrance.

Afterwards, the ECAT offices hosted us for a sweet ceremony with refreshments.

They asked Lana and the winner of the high school division to cut the cake.
Can you see how red Lana's cheeks are?!

ECAT received over 300 entries for the contest from all over Escambia County.
These 3 winners were all from the same classroom!

A reporter from the Pensacola News Journal asked Lana for an interview.
She was so gracious and poised!
She said she asked her questions like
What do you want to be when you grow up?
(I want to be an author.)
When did you become an artist?
(I've been drawing my whole life.)
What is your big life goal?
(To write and illustrate my own book.)

PNJ already had a little blurb about our winner this afternoon:

And you can read the full article here: Pensacola News Journal

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