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Space Foundation Student Art Contest Grand Prize Winners are Named

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Space Foundation Student Art Contest Grand Prize Winners are NamedCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May. 12, 2011) — Four students from three states have been named grand prize winners in the Space Foundation’s first student art contest. All winners were recognized at a special ceremony in April at the 27th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., where two former NASA astronauts, Richard Hieb and Danny Olivas, announced the grand prize winners selected from among the three first place winners for each age category.

The grand prize winners are:

Grades PreK-2: Emma Fusco, Arthur S. May Elementary, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Grades 3-5: Dimitra Theard, Greenwood School, Denver
Grades 6-8: Suney Yang, Farnsworth Aerospace School, St. Paul, Minn.
Grades 9-12: Colleen Fannin, Sand Creek High School, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade were invited to submit original artwork depicting the theme, “Human Space Travel in the Year 2020,” resulting in entries from more than 150 students in 13 states. Entries were judged in four grade categories – preK-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 – and three style categories – drawing, painting and multimedia.

“We were very pleased by both the quality of the art submitted and the number of submissions,” said Space Foundation Vice President — Education Iain Probert. “It was fascinating to see how the children envisioned future space travel.”

Each winning artist received a Fisher Space Pen, a ribbon and an invitation to attend the award presentation. Each Grand Prize winner received an art kit from ARES Corporation. Winning entries were displayed at the Symposium outside of the ARES Education Auditorium in the Boeing Exhibit Center Lower Level. The contest was co-sponsored by ARES Corporation and Fisher Space Pen Co.

The first-, second- and third-place winners, organized by state and school, are:

East Elementary, Cullman
Emilee Strout, third place, preK-2 painting

Air Academy High School, Colorado Springs
Olivia Arens, first place, grades 9-12 multimedia

Cheyenne Mountain Elementary, Colorado Springs
Jackson Hawker, first place, preK-2 painting

The Classical Academy Central Campus, Colorado Springs
Lauren Baiza, second place, grades 3-5 multimedia
John Chandler Bolin, third place, grades 3-5 drawing
Delaney Krieger, first place, grades 3-5 multimedia
Audra Frieden, first place, grades 3-5 painting
Bryce George, first place, grades 6-8 drawing
Avery Nelson, first place, grades 6-8 multimedia

Discovery Canyon Campus, Colorado Springs
Team of Ian Arko, Christina Ostovic, Alexandra Palmer, Michael Robinson, third place, grades 6-8, multimedia

Eagleview Middle School, Colorado Springs
Toni Troje, third place, grades 6-8 painting

Grant Elementary, Colorado Springs
Hayden Bosler, third place, grades 3-5 multimedia

Greenwood School, Denver
Dimitra Theard, first place, grades 3-5 drawing

Howbert Elementary, Colorado Springs
Hannah Marquez, second place, preK-2 drawing
Landon Vidmar, third place, preK-2 drawing

Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, Colorado Springs
Hector Medrano, second place, grades 6-8 drawing

Mitchell High School, Colorado Springs
Carlos Ortiz, second place, grades 9-12 drawing

Otero Elementary, Colorado Springs
Anthony Twiggs, second place, grades 3-5 painting

Pinon Valley Elementary, Colorado Springs
Kelly St. John, second place, grades 3-5 drawing

Peyton Elementary, Peyton
Emilee Ullom, second place, grades 6-8 multimedia

Sand Creek High School, Colorado Springs
Audry Ancell, third place, grades 9-12 drawing
Kadre Disnute, second place, grades 9-12 painting
Colleen Fannin, first place, grades 9-12 painting
Dillon Irish, first place, grades 9-12 drawing
Jin Kim, third place, grades 9-12 painting
Joann Wong, second place, grades 9-12 multimedia

Vera Scott Elementary, Colorado Springs
Serina Bartile, second place, preK-2 multimedia
Jillian Buckmiller, third place, grades preK-2 multimedia

Arthur Middleton Elementary, Waldorf
Joelle Starling, third place, grades 3-5 painting

Piccowaxen Middle School, Newburg
Matthew Fan, second place, grades 6-8 painting

Farnsworth Aerospace School, St. Paul
Suney Yang, first place, grades 6-8 painting

Bellevue Elementary, Bellevue
Olivia Decker, first place, pre-K-2 multimedia
Joseph Matter, third place, grades 6-8 drawing

Arthur S. May Elementary, Poughkeepsie
Emma Fusco, first place, preK-2 drawing
Megan Palestro, second place, preK-2 painting

Weslaco East High School, Weslaco
Vilma Flores, third place, grades 9-12 multimedia

Photos of the winning artwork and the awards ceremony can be seen at:

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About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry – civil, commercial, military and intelligence. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom, and major industry events, including the National Space Symposium, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” An expert in all aspects of the global space industry, the Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indices that track daily performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and read Space Watch.

Pictured: Former NASA astronaut Richard Hieb signs autographs for winners of the Space Foundation student art contest at the 27th National Space Symposium.