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26 Benton Middle School Students Win Ribbons, Awards in L.A. County Fine Arts Competition

“My main motivation is to make my parents proud of me,” Eryn said. “I hope my art helps people who see it reflected in their own lives.”

Twenty-six Benton students earned multiple ribbons and awards in the fair’s photography and studio arts competitions, with 12 winning first place, 13 second place, two third place and two claiming Sweepstakes awards.

The following students earned ribbons and awards in their categories:

• Sweepstakes: Cristian Bautista
• First Place: Isabel Bautista, Peter Bogdan, Izabelle Garcia and Nickolas Travers
• Second Place: Selena Arroyo, Makayla Sanchez, Elijah Cuevas, Layla Monteon, Janyce Fuller, Noah Villanueva, Jenaro Torres,
Maximillian Espino, Lauren Bosbottom, Kaylie Castro, Jaden Capitulo, Albert Vega, Natalie Constantine and Izabelle Garcia
• Third Place: Penelope Alcala and Marie Uscanga

Studio Art:
• Sweepstakes: Eryn Cyia Tandoc
• First Place: Eryn Cyia Tandoc, Ava Cervantes, Sofia De Luna, Nathan Jarrin, Annika Florkowshi and Amber Luna Baruch
• Second Place: Amber Luna Baruch

The award-winning works were submitted to the competition by Benton photography teacher Victoria Pflanzer and studio art teacher Jennifer Hodge, who also teaches 3-D art and cartooning.

“It doesn’t matter if you are beginning, intermediate or advanced, you have an equal chance of shining at every level,” Pflanzer said. “Showcasing at competitions gives students more things to be excited about, and they take that enthusiasm with them to their classes.”

Benton’s Visual Arts program includes photography, studio art and media art. Students can choose up to three elective courses for the school year. Courses are administered three days a week and run for 84 minutes, allowing students ample time to focus on their artistic vision.

Once art projects are completed, students are encouraged to submit them to various contests like the City of Norwalk’s “Artastic” Competition.

“Congratulations to all of our students who were recognized for their artwork and photography at the Los Angeles County Fair this year,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “Benton Principal Michael Gotto and his staff and teachers are so dedicated to maintaining a culture of high expectations for their students.”