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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     June 6, 2005
CONTACT: Claudia Chandler     916-654-4989


California Students Paint a Clean, Bright Energy Future for
Energy Commission Art Contest

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today announced the 16 winners for its 2006 Energy Calendar contest after tapping the creativity of energy-conscious school children from throughout the State. The winning art collection offers fresh, unique - sometimes even humorous - illustrations of how even common, everyday decisions to make wise use of energy leads to a cleaner, brighter energy future.

The themes from these highly creative art pieces ranged from energy saving tips such as turning off unneeded lights and appliances, and the importance of running dryers and dishwashers during off-peak hours, to bringing innovative cutting-edge technologies to the world marketplace. For one young artist, an environmentally conscious polar bear showed a solar-powered iceberg was "the only way to go!"

Energy Commission Chairman Joe Desmond said, "Tapping the enthusiasm and imagination of California's young people is the perfect way to find some of the state's best artwork to illustrate the 2006 Energy Calendar. Today's kids are quick to appreciate the talent of their fellow students and more likely to take notice of the important messages they're saying."

The winning drawings were selected by a panel of judges from 1,400 poster entries received from Northern and Southern California public and private school students in grades three through eight. Because there were so many high quality entries, the judges awarded four students with Honorable Mentions - the first time in the calendar's 18-year history.

The winning art collection will illustrate the 2006 Energy calendar for children and be featured on Energy Quest, the Commission's education site. Contestants were encouraged to visit this virtual classroom where teachers, students and parents can learn the importance of everyday energy-saving opportunities and explore some of the word's most innovative energy technologies.

The winning artwork is available to be viewed and downloaded from Energy Quest at:

www.energyquest.ca.gov

Corporate sponsorship provides each of students with a U.S. Savings Bond and their artwork prominently displayed on the 2006 Energy Calendar. Teachers of the winning artists will also receive a cash award for purchase of classroom materials.

Winners of the 2006 Energy Art Contest are:

  • Olivia Tran - Cupertino Middle School, Sunnyvale

  • Janet Lee - La Canada Junior High School, La Canada

  • Sarah Ledwon - Studio of Arts, Cupertino

  • Charles Sims - Natomas Charter, Sacramento

  • A.J. Slizeski - Birchlane Elementary, Davis

  • Marian Gutierrez - Pioneer Middle School, Porterville

  • Shanna Crawford - Atascadero junior High, Atascadero

  • Cynlie Wang - Redwood Middle School, Saratoga

  • Yefei Zhang - Hyde Middle School, Cupertino

  • Allisa Schroeder - Camerado Middle School, Cameron Park

  • Henry Lao - Tower Academy, San Jose

  • Maria Chavez - Oak Manor Elementary School, Ukiah

Honorable Mention:

  • Christine Chen - Miller Middle School, San Jose

  • Nathen Heaston - Judkins Middle School, Pismo Beach

  • Armando Ahumada - West Boren Elementary, Boron

  • Xochil Goretsky - Pacific Community Charter, Point Arena

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Editor: Please note a student from your readership/listenership audience is among the 16 winner of the 2006 Energy Art Contest.



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