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Art Contest Award Reception Attracts Student Winners from Across the U.S.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 8, 2013) – The 36 winners of the 2013 Space Foundation International Student Art Contest were invited to attend the Space Foundation’s 29th National Space Symposium, being held at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs this week. 
Young artists from 12 countries were selected for the top slots from among more than 4,700 entries representing 45 countries, including 38 U.S. states and territories – the largest response since the contest began three years ago.

Surprisingly, nine of the student artists and their families from across the U.S. plan to attend the Space Symposium’s April 10 art contest reception, including:

Poem Shiuey, Meyerholz Elementary School, San Jose, Calif.
Grand Prize, PreK- 2nd Grade and 1st Place, PreK- 2nd Grade, Painting and Mixed Media

Vincent Zheng, SKA Academy of Art and Design, Duluth, Ga.
Grand Prize, 3rd-5th grade and 1st Place, 3rd-5th Grade, Drawing

Skylar Duncan, The Colorado Springs School, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1st Place, 3rd-5th Grade, Painting and Mixed Media

Bryan Montenegro, The Mirman School, Los Angeles, Calif.
2nd Place, 3rd-5th Grade, Digital

Edwin SJ Nah, St. James Episcopal School, Los Angeles, Calif.
2nd Place, 6th-8th Grade, Painting and Mixed Media

Koty Thomas, Penn Trafford High School, Harrison City, Pa.
3rd Place, 9th-12th Grade, Painting and Mixed Media

Raquel Arens, Air Academy High School, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1st Place, 9th-12th Grade, Digital

Sydney-Paige Kay, Jericho Senior High School, Jericho, N.Y.
2nd Place, 9th-12th Grade, Digital

Ananya Jain, Jericho Senior High School, Jericho, N.Y.
3rd Place, 9th-12th Grade, Digital

The students will meet former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao at the reception, and will receive ribbons and prizes co-sponsored by Fisher Space Pen. Dr. Chiao is Space Foundation special advisor – human spaceflight.

About the Contest
The Space Foundation invited students from around the world in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade to submit original artwork depicting the theme, If I Were Going…, challenging them to imagine how they would personally experience space travel, exploration or settlement and then interpret that idea into an original work of visual art.

Where to See the Artwork
Winning artwork submitted for this year’s contest can be seen on the Space Foundation website photo gallery at, and at in the If I Were Going… Space Foundation art gallery.
Learn more about the annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest by visiting

About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit 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.” The Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market 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. The Space Foundation was founded in 1983 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its world headquarters features a public Visitors Center with two main areas – the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®. The Space Foundation also conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.

Pictured: Grand prize winning artwork submitted by Vincent Zheng, of SKA Academy of Art and Design, Duluth, Ga. He plans to travel to Colorado Springs this week to attend the art contest award reception at the Space Foundation’s 29th National Space Symposium at The Broadmoor Hotel on April 10.