Tucson Children's Museum and Farmers Insurance Award Over $6,000 in Scholarships to Local Students
Youth to be Honored at Special Ceremony Friday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. at TCM

The Tucson Children's Museum and Farmers Insurance will award over $6,000 in academic scholarships and other prizes to 34 local student winners of the Farmers Insurance Young Americanos Youth Photography Competition at a special ceremony on Friday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tucson Children's Museum, 200 6th Avenue, Avenida Cesar Chavez in Tucson. The winners will receive awards ranging from 35mm cameras for the Honorable Mention winners to a $1,000 Grand Prize which will be split by the co-winners.

The Farmers Insurance Young Americanos Photography Competition encouraged students from kindergarten through the 12th grade to photograph Latino Life in Southern Arizona. The photo contest was held in partnership with the Tucson Children's Museum, the Tucson Newspapers/Newspapers in Education program and the Tucson Hispanic Coalition. In addition to receiving valuable awards, the Tucson Children's Museum has also agreed to feature the winning photographs in a special exhibition through August 20.

Sharing the $1,000 Grand Prize cash scholarship are Antonio Mezquita, a 6th-grader from Roskruge Elementary School and Sean Butts-Madrid, a 12th grader from Tucson High Magnet School.

The winning photographs will also be available for viewing at the award- winning website www.youngamericanos.net beginning May 16.

"These photographs are outstanding. The students have truly captured what Latino life is like in Southern Arizona," said Andy Reser, state executive director for Farmers Insurance. "Every student, their families and their teachers should be proud of the students' accomplishments."

The Farmers Insurance Young Americanos Youth Photography Competition was developed by Farmers as a companion piece to AMERICANOS: Latino Life in the United States, a critically-acclaimed photography exhibition, jointly produced by the Smithsonian Institution and noted actor/activist Edward James Olmos. The AMERICANOS exhibition recently exhibited at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona campus. Farmers Insurance is also a national sponsor of the AMERICANOS exhibition which is currently touring cities across the United States.

  Following is a list of all the winners and their school affiliations.

             Grand Prize
             Antonio Mezquita            Roskruge
             Sean Butts-Madrid           Tucson High Magnet School

             High School 9-12
             Kate Goodwillie             Salpointe Catholic
             Roxana Vasquez              Sunnyside High School
             Marisa Scott                Amphitheater High School
             Heidi Hofer                 Sunnyside High School
             Amiris Diaz                 Tucson High School
             Felipe Espinoza             Sunnyside High School
             Artemisa Leon               Luz Academy

             Middle School 7-8
             Patsy Castillo              Hohokam Middle School
             Katrina Indan               Challenger Middle School
             Jesus Torreblanca           Hohokam Middle School
             Nereida Diaz                Hohokam Middle School
             Cristina Siqueiros          Pistor Middle School

             Elementary School 4-6 Grade
             Aylsa Burgos                Hollinger Elementary
             Elizabeth Cervantes         Apollo Middle School
             Lyanne Acuna                Apollo Middle School
             Deisa Equihua               Roskruge

             Elementary School K-3 Grade
             Flor Galindo                Santa Clara Elementary
             Carmen Garcia               Los Ninos Elementary
             Shanee Danford              Santa Clara Elementary
             Andrea Vasquez              Los Ninos Elementary
             Juan Moreno                 Los Ninos Elementary
             Angelina Altamirano         Los Ninos Elementary
             Graham Llivina              SS Peter and Paul
             Leonel Armenta              Santa Clara Elementary

             Honorable Mention
             Mariah Fisher-Williams      Second Street School
             Noah Miranda                Tucson High School
             Jacob Cooper                Amphitheater High School
             Erika Henrikson             Flowing Wells High School
             Cynthia Aviles              Santa Clara Elementary
             Victor Ortiz                Sunnyside High School
             Rolando Parra               Robins Elementary
             Yasmira Huques              Los Ninos Elementary

SOURCE: Farmers Insurance

CONTACT: Luis Sahagun, cell, +1-323-691-6300, for Farmers Insurance; or
Peggy Solis, +1-520-792-9985 x112, for the Tucson Children's Museum



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