Belleview Elementary student Sofia Olavarria and her painting “Sunset at Cathedral Peak” won first place in the 4th-5th grade category of an art contest sponsored by Yosemite National Park, the Ansel Adams Gallery, and Yosemite Gateway Partners.
Winners of the 2019 Gateway Expressions Student Art and Photography Contest were celebrated and their artwork was displayed at the Adams Gallery in October, Yosemite National Park communications staff said in an announcement this week.
Artwork judged Yosemite National Park employees and park partners associated with the competition.
Other winners from schools in and near Tuolumne County include Rylann Burkling of Belleview Elementary School for his “Colored Pencil Drawing,” third place in transitional kindergarten art; Atheena Palmieri of Lake Don Pedro Elementary School for her work “My Beautiful Tree,” honorable mention in 2nd-3rd grade art; Elyse Groff of Twain Harte Elementary School for her work “California Coyote Forest Tree Mix,” second place in 4th-5th grade art; Leyla Vega of Belleview Elementary School for her work “Reptiles and Amphibians of Yosemite,” third place in 4th-5th grade art; Leroy Portillo of Belleview Elementary School for his work “The Bridge I Love to Ride Bikes on With My Family,” honorable mention in 4th-5th grade art; Krista Fields of Don Pedro Elementary School for her work “Water Colored Redwood Trees,” second place in 6th-8th grade art; Izibella Reyes of Belleview Elementary for her work “Natural Beauty,” third place in 6th-8th grade art; Tryniti Takash of Lake Don Pedro Elementary School for her photo “Peace in the Meadows,” honorable mention in 6th-8th grade photography; and Mekynzie Alves of Greeley Hill Elementary School for her photo “Birthday Celebration in Yosemite,” honorable mention in 6th-8th grade photography.
Belleview Elementary School students also won second place in a group art category for their work “Yosemite Firefall Glacier Point.”
This year’s competition was the Ninth Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Photography Contest. Each year the contest recognizes creativity of students who live in and near Yosemite National Park.
Competition organizers in Yosemite received more than 240 art and photography submissions this year. The contest is open to all students from transitional kindergarten through 12th grade who live in gateway communities of Yosemite National Park. Sponsors this year included the nonprofit Yosemite Conservancy.
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