2016 Art Contest Winners!

A scientist. A musician. An athlete. A doctor. The President of the United States.
What do you want to be when you grow up?

Since launching the 2016 Midwest Charter Schools Art Contest in September, approximately 2,000 charter school students have shared their self-portraits of their big dreams for their futures. Our panel of judges was inspired by so many great hopes, dreams, and ambitions. Now, we’re proud to announce the winners.


Judge’s Choice

Most Creative

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-25-24-am-copyMarlene Gonzales-Garcia
4th Grade
Madisonville SMART Elementary | Cincinnati, OH
488-creative-2016-art-contest-winners-72dpi-smallKevin Escolona
4th Grade
Walton Charter Academy | Pontiac, MI

Miranda Meyer
5th Grade
Wisconsin Virtual Learning | McFarland, WI

Dinato Gandara
5th Grade
Triumph Charter Academy | Monroe, MI

Israe Mesbah
4th Grade
Noble Academy Columbus | Columbus, OH

Jiashee Cha
4th Grade
Hmong American Peace Academy | Milwaukee, WI

Most Unique

Mohammad Alawsaj
5th Grade
Noor International Academy  | Sterling Heights, MI
Violeta Rangel
4th Grade
Academy for Global Citizenship | Chicago, IL

Charis Jefferson
3rd Grade
Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellence | Southfield, MI

Walid Lalladi
5th Grade
Noble Academy Columbus | Columbus, OH

Joey Tolley
2nd Grade
The Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies | Midland, MI

Megan Lynn Mosley
5th Grade
Washington Park Elementary | Washington Heights, OH
Honorable Mentions

1632-hm-2016-art-contest-winners-72dpi-smallSkyla Hunter | 5th Grade
Dove Academy of Detroit | Detroit, MI





1157-hm-2016-art-contest-winners-72dpi-smallAlex Gwinnup | 4th Grade
Mays Community Academy | Mays, IN





Makihel Sprewer | 2nd Grade
Capitol West Academy | Milwaukee, WI





Top Winners

1st Place
Lucy Thao | 3rd Grade
Hmong American Peace Academy | Milwaukee, WI




2nd Place
Kushagra Tiwary | 3rd Grade
Canton Charter Academy | Canton, MI




3rd Place
Lilianna Vaughn | 4th Grade
Horizon Science Academy | Lorain, OH




Classroom Prizes

1st Place Classroom
Miss Martin’s 3rd Grade Class
Summit Academy North | Romulus, MI




2nd Place Classroom
Mrs. Johnson’s 2nd Grade Class
East Arbor Charter Academy | Ypsilanti, MI




3rd Place Classroom
Ms.  Busboom’s 3rd Grade Class
South Canton Scholars | Canton, MI





Congratulations to our winners!



Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place winners.

First Prize: $250 and a trophy

Second Prize: $125 and a certificate of recognition.

Third Prize: $50 and a certificate of recognition.

Honorable mentions: Certificates of recognition.

Classroom prize: It’s a surprise!

Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria: Entries were reviewed by a panel of qualified judges. Winners were selected based on the originality of their artwork (creativity and uniqueness); how clearly the theme is expressed; and overall artistic ability.

Publishing Rights: Entering the contest grants the Institute permission to publish essays in whole or in part, and use winners’ names and photographs to publicize winning entries.

For Questions: Contact Don Cooper at the Institute at (989) 317-3510 or email artcontest@charterinstitute.org

Click here to learn more about this contest.

Thank you for participating!

This contest is sponsored by the National Charter Schools Institute


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