8th Grader Wins Preakness Portraits Youth Art Contest

  BALTIMORE,MD  05-02-10---Shantel Blackston, an 8th grader at Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School, is the grand prize winner of the eleventh 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, Blackston 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 3rd grader Jewelian Dove, from Cross Country Elementary School.

     Judging was conducted on April 20 by Baltimore City Council neighborhood liaisons Brandon Scott and Betsy Gardner along with the Maryland Jockey Club’s Carrie Everly, Georganne Hale and Kristen Barth.