10th Grader Wins Preakness Portraits Youth Art Contest

BALTIMORE,MD   05-03-09---Alexis Dixon, a 10th grader at Western High School, is the grand prize winner of the tenth annual Preakness Portraits Youth Art Contest.

Students from nine northwest Baltimore area schools, grades K through 12, were invited to create artwork showing the significance of the Preakness to Maryland history, while capturing the spirit of Thoroughbred racing. The artwork had to include Preakness related images.

As the winner of “The Jewel”, the best artwork for grades 5 through 12, Dixon receives box seating for four at the Preakness, framed artwork autographed by this year’s Preakness winners, a $250 gift certificate and a presentation ceremony at the winner’s luncheon this afternoon.

The Junior Jewel, the best artwork for grades K through 4, went to 2nd grader Brianna Edwards, from Cross Country Elementary School.

Judging was conducted on April 21 by Baltimore City Council neighborhood liaison Brandon Scott, and the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred’s Barrie Reightler and the Maryland Jockey Club’s Carrie Everly.