Mountain View Art Students Named Winners in Water District Art Contest

by Michele Earle

El Monte

The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) recently sponsored its annual “Water is Life” art contest for students throughout the San Gabriel Valley.  All eligible entries were displayed during an Upper District Board meeting where Board members, staff, and public attendees voted for their top five choices in the grade level categories.  Two Mountain View School District student artists had their art pieces selected and will be recognized at the Upper District’s Board of Director’s meeting on June 24.
Madrid Middle School 8th grader, Kim Aguilar was named a fifth place winner and Monte Vista School 7th grader, Dylan Gutierrez was awarded 2nd place in the 6th-8th grade category.  Both Kim and Dylan will receive a cash award and commemorative “Water is Life” t-shirt.  As a 2nd place winner, Dylan’s artwork has moved on to the state level for further judging.
Kim is a student in Sue Parszik’s Art I class and her favorite type of art is acrylic painting.  She was happy to hear her poster was selected as a winner in the contest.  Her artwork conveyed the importance of water conservation and the need to keep the water ways clean and pollution free. Through her art she hopes to inspire others to do their part to take care of this important resource.
Dylan has a natural artistic ability and has been creating artwork since he was very young.  A self-taught artist, he enjoys sketching and shading the most. Dylan’s “Water for Life” poster, in color pencils depicts waters tremendous value to people, animals and nature.
“Dylan has incredible artistic talent and a keen attention to detail in all his work,” said his proud teacher, Belinda Hyde. “In addition to this award, he earned a top award in the Elks Club Drug Awareness poster contest this year too. He is truly gifted and a wonderful student.”
Both students plan to continue studying art in school with Kim planning to take ceramics at Mt. View High School and Dylan hopes to continue developing his artistic talent and pursue a career in art.

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