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

Wheatland Student Artist
Is Energy Art Contest Winner

Sacramento--A student from the Bear River School in Wheatland will have his artwork displayed in California's Energy 2001 Calendar, according to an announcement made today by State Senator Tim Leslie (R-Lake Tahoe).

Eighth grader Chris McNeal entered the California Energy Commission's calendar art contest that asked young artists to envision energy in the coming century. He created a colorful, five-panel design that depicts wind energy, from the point of generation with wind turbines on a rural hillside, through transmission lines that carry the electricity into homes and appliances.

"I wanted to show that wind turbines are a very good energy source," Chris explained. "They are very efficient and they don't hurt our environment. I think wind turbines will probably have an impact on California's energy future."

"Chris' artwork emphasizes his desire for a clean environment," said Senator Leslie. "He is one of 12 young artists selected to illustrate the Energy 2001 Calendar, to be printed later this year."

For this year's contest, the Energy Commission received over 1300 entries from school children all over the state in grades three through eight.

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:

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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