Foothill Students Sweep Art Contest

Congratulations to Foothill's talented art students who won the top four prizes in the Bay Area's fifth annual Don't Turn Your Back on AIDS Awareness Through Art competition.

Students from 40 Bay Area high schools submitted art for this annual project that aims to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS risks and prevention. Students are challenged to creatively interpret their views of the disease through artistic expression. The theme of this year's competition was Dispelling Stigma.

In a stunning victory for Foothill, our students won the competition's top four honors when winners were announced Thursday at the awards ceremony in San Francisco. Several other students received honorable mentions. Foothill's art department will get matching funds equal to the students' awards.

This year's winners are:
Su Wan Oh -- Founder's Choice Award ($500)
Matt Beadle -- first place ($300)
Madison Craig -- second place ($200)
Nils Thornally -- third place ($100)

The honorable mentions ($50 each) are Matt Jacobe, Daniel Michael, Collin James, Ellen Kwan, Aristotle Vlacos, Darren Schumaker, Patricia Lee, Taeyon Kim, Shabnam Mashhoon, Elora Kelsh, Keianne Yamada and Natalie Leesakul.

Congratulations to all of Foothill's outstanding artists who were recognized for their talent.

PHOTOS (from top to bottom):
Matt Beadle -- first place
Madison Craig -- second place
Su Wan Oh -- Founder's Choice
Nils Thornally -- third place

Posted Friday, April 29, 2011