Forty students from central Texas will receive over $7,500 in cash scholarships and other prizes at a special 2:00 p.m. reception this afternoon at Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue in Texas. The students will receive their awards for their winning entries in the Young Americanos youth photography contest sponsored by Farmers Insurance and the Mexic-Arte Museum.
Receiving the $1,000 Grand Prize cash scholarship will be David Saenz, a 12th-grader from S. F. Austin High School in Austin. His winning photo depicts a young boy participating in an Easter play.
Over 1,000 young people from throughout central Texas submitted photo entries as part of the Young Americanos competition, which encouraged students to photograph Latino culture in central Texas. Other winning photographs offer portraits of area Latinos of all ages while at work, play, in school and after school.
In all, there were 40 scholarship and honorable mention winners, representing Austin, Georgetown, Pflugerville, San Marcos and other area communities. Farmers Insurance provided over $7,500 in cash scholarships and prizes to the winners. The winning photographs will be featured at a special exhibition at Mexic-Arte Museum from May 18 through June 22, 2002. The photographs are also available for viewing at the award-winning web site, http://www.youngamericanos.net/ .
The Young Americanos youth photography contest was developed by Farmers Insurance as an adjunct to Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, a critically-acclaimed photography exhibition which is currently on exhibition at the Mexic-Arte Museum through June 21.
Farmers Insurance is also a national sponsor the Americanos exhibition, which is jointly produced by the Smithsonian Institution and actor/activist Edward James Olmos. The Americanos exhibition will tour cities across the United States through 2004. Locally, the Young Americanos contest was sponsored by Farmers Insurance and Mexic-Arte Museum.
"These photographs are outstanding. The students have truly captured what life is like in our Hispanic communities here in central Texas," said John Hageman, Texas state director for Farmers Insurance. "Every student, their families and their teachers should be proud of their accomplishments."
As the nation's third largest insurer of homes and automobiles, Farmers Insurance strives to meet the needs of all consumers in the communities in which it operates. In addition, Farmers is a committed partner with a number of community-based organizations throughout the country.
Following is a list of all the scholarship and honorable mention winners and their schools.
Grand Prize Winner David A. Saenz S. F. Austin High School High School Winners Jessica L. Bonin Crockett High School Armando Esquivel San Marcos High School Jessica K. Fink Durham High School Diana Galindo Delvalle High School Raul A. Hernandez Oakmont High School Angela M. Kopecki Durham High School Dodji K. Koudakpo Travis High School Carina R. Boston Pinales San Marcos High School Georgina Regalado Crockett High School Sarah L. Simpson Durham High School Noah A. Zimmerman Bartlett High School Middle School Winners Cory J. Gonzalez Porter Middle School Leigh Ann Piefer Hill Country Middle School Elementary School Winners Elizabeth Barrientos Mathews Elementary School Keifer E. Bastidas Oak Hill Elementary School Jesus Burgos Andrews Elementary School Daniel J. Castaneda Metz Elementary School Xavier Hernandez Andrews Elementary School Edson Linares Metz Elementary School Maria Lopez Blanton Elementary School Scott W. McBryde Pat Cooper Elementary School Sean McBryde Sean McBride Elementary School Luisa Morales Oak Hill Elementary School Raymundo Luna Dawson Elementary School Leydi Laura Perez Lopez St. Elmo Elementary School Ashley Salazar Norman Elementary School Victoria N. Salazar Bagdad Elementary School Brenda Salinas T. A. Brown Elementary School Ernesto Santillan, Jr. Lamar Middle School Cindy Soto-Gutierrez Metz Elementary School Ashley Trujillo Brooke Elementary School Honorable Mention Winners John Castelan Hemphill Elementary School Hiley A. Escobar Graham Elementary School Adriana J. Esquivel Andrews Elementary School Alberto Garcia Palm Elementary School Steven M. Lopez Alternative Learning Center Elizabeth L. Reyes Lamar Middle School Veronica E. Rivera Park Crest Middle School
SOURCE: Farmers Insurance; Mexic-Arte Museum
Contact: Luis Sahagun, Cell, +1-323-691-6300, or Norma J. Almazan,
+1-512-480-9373, for Farmers Insurance and Mexic-Arte Museum