local students win art competition

Southmore art students make local, state, national spotlight
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Southmore Intermediate School advanced art students recently claimed all of the top spots in the
Texas and Houston-area Ford Motor Company Fund 2005 Hispanic Heritage Art Contest, as well as one student’s artwork advancing to the national competition in Detroit.

Southmore’s Sergio Gutierrez collected the first-place prize in Houston and at the state competition, and William Rojas received second place in both competitions. Ivet Gonzalez was awarded third place in the Houston competition, and Ivan Sanchez claimed fourth place among the Houston winners and received third in the state competition.

Gutierrez advanced to the national competition for placing first in the state. His prize for advancing was an all-expense paid trip to Detroit for he and his parents to attend the awards ceremony as well as to tour the Ford plant and museum.

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Each fall, The Ford Motor Company Fund and the Houston Chronicle sponsor the Hispanic Heritage Art Contest to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Thecontest is open to fourth through eighth grade students who are asked tosubmit a drawing or painting they feel represents a positive, influential Hispanic along with a short essay describing why they chose that person. The top four artworks in the Houston area are chosen and are placed in competition with the winners from the Dallas and San Antonio areas. Each winner received a Ford Hispanic Heritage Award and Certificate of Merit at a special reception.

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