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Arts group honors 14 students

Published February 16, 2005

ST. PETERSBURG - The Arts Center honored 14 children Saturday in the second installment of this year's Word and Image elementary school show at the center's Risser Gallery.

The students responded to a call issued by the Arts Center in partnership with Pinellas County Schools to create a visual piece and a written essay on the theme "The Star Spangled Banner."

The first half of the show was exhibited in December.

Top awards on Saturday went to Autumn Vaillancourt, fifth-grader at Palm Harbor Elementary; Juan Munoz, fourth-grader at Pinellas Park Elementary; and Kenneth Spells, fifth-grader at Seventy-Fourth Street Elementary.

Ten students earned honorable mention: Ibette Rodriguez and Avery Boone, fifth-graders at Garrison-Jones Elementary; Victoria Lopez, a fourth-grader at James B. Sanderlin Elementary; Antonio Bolzau, a fifth-grader at Northwest Elementary; Tricia Sacks, a fifth-grader at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School; Anna Griffis, a fourth-grader at San Jose Elementary; Matthew Dragustine, a fourth-grader at Sandy Lane Elementary; Lena Sayavongkeo, a fourth-grader at John M. Sexton Elementary; Cordarius Sims, a fifth-grader at Shore Acres Elementary; and Gaurie Mittal, a fifth-grader at Shorecrest Preparatory School.

Additionally, Karissa Barrera, a fourth-grader at James B. Sanderlin Elementary, won a Pinellas County Art Educators Association Young Artist award.

Marjorie Dean Andruk, an award-winning artist and Arts Center instructor, selected the winners.

The second phase of the Word and Image elementary school show is on display through March 27 at the Arts Center, 719 Central Ave. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

[Last modified February 16, 2005, 04:30:09]

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