For immediate release: June 28, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Two La Crescenta Students
Win State Energy Art Contest


Sacramento--An eighth grade student from Rosemont Junior Middle School and a third grader from Elite Art Day School will both have artwork displayed in California's Energy 2001 Calendar, according to an announcement made today by State Senator Adam Schiff (D-Burbank).

The two La Crescenta students entered the California Energy Commission's calendar art contest that asked young artists to envision energy in the coming century.

Eighth grader Soo-Yeon Kwon created a vivid watercolor design showing the importance of an energy future using renewable power sources. Entitled "The Earth Pocket," her artwork colorfully celebrates the electricity that can be made from the sun, wind, biomass and low-impact hydroelectric projects.

"My painting shares the idea of clean energy generation," Soo-Yeon explained. "We can have energy without hurting nature's resources. For our own health and for our future generations, we must keep the Earth clean."

Third grader Ginah Kim's pastel drawing called "Sun and Wind Power Car" shows a smiling sun plugging its "rays" into colorful mass transit vehicles.

"I wanted to show that cars can get energy from the sun, so all the people could save money. I want all the people in California to try to save the Earth, and save energy," said Ginah.

"Both students understand the need to protect California's precious resources and our fragile environment," said Senator Schiff. "They should be proud of their artistic achievements out of over 1300 entries that the Energy Commission received from around the State in this year's contest, only 12 artists were selected to illustrate the Energy 2001 Calendar. I use an Energy 2000 Calendar in my District Office, and I am delighted the 2001 Calendar will include the work of students from La Crescenta."

Students whose artwork is selected will receive a $200 United States Savings Bond. Teachers of the winning students will receive a $50 cash award for purchase of educational materials for the classroom.

The Energy 2001 Calendar art contest is underwritten by a consortium of public and private organizations.

Here are all 12 winners in the Energy Commission's 2001 art contest. They are arranged alphabetically by the city in which they attend school.

Kylie Gohsman 8th grade Fairfield
Soo-Yeon Kwon 8th grade La Crescenta
Ginah Kim 3rd grade La Crescenta
Jane Lee 7th grade Modesto
Christine Chen 5th grade Orangevale
Casey Gray 3rd grade Riverside
Adrian Maulawin 6th grade San Jose
Anly Tsang 7th grade San Leandro
Jiraporn Rungvivatjarus 4th grade Walnut
Chris McNeal 8th grade Wheatland
Jessica Whitesell 8th grade Whittier
Brooke Ekdahl 8th grade Willits


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Note to Editors: Winning illustrations from the Energy 2000 Calendar Contest are available for downloading from the Internet from the Energy Commission's educational Web Site located at: www.energy.ca.gov/education

Alternative arrangements for receiving copies of the student artwork for reproduction may be made by contacting the Energy Commission's Media and Public Communications Office at (916) 654-4989.

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