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For immediate release: May 31, 2002
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

Winners Chosen in Energy Commission's 2003 Art Contest

Sacramento -- Artwork by 12 California students has been selected in the California Energy Commission's 2003 Energy Quest Calendar Contest.

The drawings, paintings and posters by the 12 young artists will illustrate the Energy 2003 Calendar to be printed by the Energy Commission later this year. In addition, the art will be displayed on the Commission's new Energy Quest website that debuted this week.

Each student selected in the contest will receive a $200 United States Savings Bond.

In this year's contest, over 2,300 entries were received from students in grades three through eight.

"Choosing the winning entries was a daunting task," said Energy Commissioner Robert Pernell. "Winning entries were selected not only on the basis of artistic ability, but also on the artist's understanding of energy and the message they sought to convey."

"In light of the energy problems that California experienced last year, it's understandable that conservation was a major theme for this year's artists. Students are also aware of the many ways our State makes electricity, giving California the most diverse energy supply in the nation," Pernell added.

Winning students from Southern California include:

  • Ankur Bhattacharya, a fifth grader at Ruby Drive Elementary School, Placentia
  • Garrett Spencer, a third grader at Chaparral Elementary School, Ladera Ranch
  • Kathryn Toombs, a fourth grader at Golden Hills Elementary School, Techachapi
  • Yui Yano, an eighth grader at Ridgecrest Middle School, Rancho Palos Verde
  • Christopher (Hyun) Yi, a fifth grader at Monterey Hills School, South Pasadena

Winning students from Northern California are:

  • Kathryn Collett, an eighth grader at Washington Manor Middle School, San Leandro
  • David Conlin, a sixth grader at Pleasant Hill Middle School, Pleasant Hill
  • Florence Crary, a sixth grader at Washington Manor Middle School, San Leandro
  • Liz Mundee, an eighth grader at Templeton Middle School, Templeton
  • Alex Nelson, an eighth grader at Camerado Springs Middle School, Cameron Park
  • Julie Nguyen, a sixth grader at Curtner Elementary School, Milpitas
  • Karl Weiss, a fifth grader at Plainfield Elementary School, Woodland

The winning art from this year's contest and from previous year's competitions is online at:


The student art gallery is part of the Energy Commission's award-winning education website, Energy Quest. The site, recently upgraded and remodeled, features energy education for grades 1 through 12.

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