BALTIMORE, 05-01-11--- Jeremy Joel Duarte, a 12th grader at Northwestern High School, is the grand prize winner of the twelfth annual Preakness Portraits Youth Art Contest.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was on hand Sunday morning in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course to congratulate Duarte and all the participants.
“We have so many talented kids in the city,” Rawlings-Blake said. “The Maryland Jockey Club gives us a chance to merge a tradition with our talented kids and get them a chance to get into the action. The kids put their hearts and souls into this project. We see great art every year.”
Students from eleven 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. Two schools were newly admitted into the contest this year, Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle School and Francis Scott Key Elementary School.
As the winner of “The Jewel”, the best artwork for grades 5 through 12, Duarte receives box seating for four at the Preakness Stakes on May 21, 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 4th grader Valeria Ruiz, from Cross Country Elementary/Middle School.
Judging was conducted on April 19 by Baltimore City neighborhood liaison Betsy Gardner and local artist Pat Hawthorne along with the Maryland Jockey Club’s Carrie Everly, Georganne Hale and Kristen Barth.
Kindergarten Kayiona M. Boone, Pimlico Elementary/Middle School
1st grade McKenzie Wilson, Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School
2nd grade Kennedi J. Patton, Cross Country Elementary/Middle School
3rd grade Kamron T. O’Banner, Cross Country Elementary/Middle School
4th grade Valeria Ruiz, Cross Country Elementary/Middle School (Junior Jewel)
5th grade Anabel Kearley, Mt. Washington Elementary School
6th grade Marissa Alford, Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School
7th grade Alyshia Zerwonka, Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School
8th grade Ghile C. Mason, Cross Country Elementary/Middle School
9th grade Edaija K. Headen, Western High School
10th grade Kyahnah K. Wesson, Western High School
11th grade Claudia V. Sagastume, Western High School
12th grade Jeremy J. Duarte, Northwestern High School (Jewel)