For immediate release: March 13, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Young Artists Win Recognition,
Prizes in Energy 2001 Art Contest


In classrooms across the State, young artists are illustrating their vision of the ways energy will improve our lives and the environment in the new century. They are creating artwork for Energy 2001, the California Energy Commission's latest student art contest.

Twelve illustrations will be chosen in the competition for the Energy Commission's Energy 2001 calendar. In addition to seeing their art displayed throughout the year, each of the 12 winning artists from grades three through eight will be awarded a $200 savings bond and other prizes. Their teachers will receive cash awards to purchase educational materials for their classrooms. In addition, all qualifying students who submit pictures will be entered in a drawing to win a new bicycle and helmet.

Entries are due at the Energy Commission by Monday, April 14, 2000.

"California's future depends on its students being literate in science; however, if a child's interest hasn't been piqued by the eighth grade, we've lost them," said Claudia Chandler, Energy Commission Assistant Executive Director. "The poster contest is a fun way for students to explore ideas like cars and trains powered by electricity and fuel cells. We encourage them to envision a 21st century fueled by pollution-free energy sources such as wind, geothermal, or solar technologies."

Flyers announcing the contest and presenting the rules have been mailed to more than 9,000 public and private schools. Only California students are eligible to participate. Posters must be mailed to:

California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street MS-29
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512
ATTN: Professor Quester

Contest details and samples of last year's artwork are posted on Energy Quest, the Commission's award-winning education Web Site at

www.energy.ca.gov/education

For additional information, call the Energy Commission's Media Office at (916) 654- 4989 or e-mail them at cecetec@energy.ca.gov.

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