Tacoma student wins Year of the Apple Art Contest

   Wenatchee, Wash… Young-eon Kim, age 16, from Tacoma, is the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) Grand Prize winner in the 18th Annual Year of the Apple Art Contest presented by Dow AgroSciences.   The announcement was made today at Charles Wright Academy where she currently attends school.   As the Grand Prize winner, Young-eon received $750 cash for her award-winning artwork titled, “Apples Under the Balcony at Sunset.”  

   In addition to the cash prize, Young-eon’s artwork will be published on the 2014 Dow AgroSciences wall calendar.  

   In total, seven Washington state students received a share of the $1650 in prize money recognizing their artistic talents.  The winning students’ schools will also be acknowledged for their support of the arts and the Year of the Apple art contest.  $100 checks will be delivered to each of the schools attended by winning artists for their purchase of classroom art supplies.

   The Year of the Apple selection committee chose the gifted winners amongst many entries submitted by K-12 students from across the state.   Artists competed in three grade divisions: K-4th grade, 5th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade.  The Year of the Apple art contest is open to all Washington state students, grades K-12.  

   Year of the Apple Honorable Mention cash awards in the amount of $150 each were presented to Michael Petriyenko, age 9, from Ferndale and Annette Lee, age 10, from Mill Creek in Division One; Division Two winners were Mariana Petriyenko, age 13, from Ferndale and Jaimie Ding, age 13, from Camas; and Division Three winners were Michelle Sun, age 15, from Bellevue and Michelle Jeon, age 15, from Issaquah.

   The winning entries can be viewed at www.waef.org.  Promotion for the 2014 Year of the Apple art contest begins next month.  The deadline for students to submit entries will be June 1, 2014.

   2014 Year of the Apple poster calendars will be available December 32-4th, 2013 at the Dow AgroSciences booth at the Washington State Horticultural Association Annual Meeting in Wenatchee.  To receive a copy via the mail, please contact the WAEF office at (509) 663-7713.  

   The Washington Apple Education Foundation is the charity of Washington’s tree fruit industry dedicated to coordinating, promoting, and developing educational opportunities reflecting the values of tree fruit industry members.