Art and Writing Challenge Award Winners

Middle and high school students display creative excellence in annual challenge 

Award winning students from throughout Contra Costa County are being recognized at the 18th Annual Art and Writing Challenge Awards Dinner on Saturday, May 9th.

Since 1997 the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center has challenged middle and high school students to address topics related to peace and justice through artwork, essays, creative writing and video.

The topic for the 2015 Challenge was based on the quote “We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest Until It Comes” and asked students to provide an interpretation of what it is like when we work to make a positive change in the world around us.
Winners for this year’s Challenge are as follows: 

Middle School Essay 

1st Place: Heaven Harps; Gale Ranch Middle School

2nd Place: Daniela Moroz; Stanley Middle School

3rd Place: Daniel Shen; Dorris-Eaton School

Middle School Art 

1st Place: Mia Portner; Walnut Creek Intermediate

2nd Place: Jeanna Shaw; Dorris-Eaton School

3rd Place; Yoon-Ju Kim; Walnut Creek Intermediate

3rd Place: McKenna Dixon & Rhiannon Murray; Walnut Creek Intermediate

Middle School Creative Writing  

1st Place: Luis Calva; Helms Middle School

2nd Place: Aanchal Yadav; Dorris-Eaton School

3rd Place: Shrinidhi Gopal; Gale Ranch Middle School

High School Essay

1st Place: Jessica Granucci; Carondelet High School

2nd Place: Ingrid Lam; California High School

2nd Place: Andie Lindeman; Dozier-Libbey Medical High

3rd Jason Toal; Independence High School

High School Art

1st Place: Michael Lutzker; Las Lomas High School

2nd Place: Anna-Sofia Giannicola; Las Lomas High School

3rd Place: Brianna Lenhart; Freedom High School

High School Creative Writing 

1st Place: Miranda Murphree; Concord High School

2nd Place: Chloe Dichoso; Salesian College Prep

3rd Place: Tanvi Saran; Las Lomas High School

3rd Place: Devyn Jauch; College Park High School

The students, their families and teachers will be recognized at the Awards Dinner which takes place in Bortin Hall at Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church – 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek on Saturday, May 9th at 6 pm.
The public is invited to attend to help us encourage and honor local youth.  The evening includes art displays, video exhibitions, and reading of the winning entries in addition to the awards ceremony.
Dinner tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  To purchase tickets in advance go to the Center website: or call the Center at (925) 933-7850.
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