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

Two Whittier Area Students
Win State Energy Art Contest

Sacramento--Jessica Whitesell, an eighth grade student from Granada Middle School in Whittier, and Jiraporn Rungvivatjarus, a fourth grade student from Vejar Elementary School in Walnut, will both have their artwork displayed in California's Energy 2001 Calendar, according to an announcement made today by Assemblyman Robert Pacheco (R-Whittier).

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

For her entry, eighth grader Jessica Whitesell created a simple watercolor design entitled "The Windmills," that depicted spinning wind turbines in a golden California landscape.

"My picture shows wind energy, a natural energy," Jessica explained. "Man has built windmills that are generally placed in desert areas, which help to create energy for our daily needs."

Fourth grader Jiraporn Rungvivatjarus used colored pens and crayons to create a house that uses wind turbines and solar panels to create electricity. An electric car is parked in the driveway.

"The picture shows how to save energy by using the natural resources such as sun and wind," Jiraporn said. "We must use resources wisely, and we need to do this to keep California clean and beautiful not just for today, but also for future generations."

"Renewable sources of energy provide a clean and sustainable method of meeting our future energy needs. By their illustrations, Jessica and Jiraporn show an understanding of the role renewable energy can play in California's future," said Assemblyman Pacheco. "Being chosen among 12 students from over 1300 entries in the Energy Commission's art contest, Jessica, Jiraporn, their parents and the entire community should be proud of their artistic accomplishments."

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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