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2015 Hampton High graduate wins national art contest
Sister Cities International awarded Hampton High School 2015 graduate, Kianna Vallarde, with the grand prize in the 2015 Young Artists and Authors competition. This is the second time in three years that a student from Hampton City Schools has won this distinguished award.
Vallarde’s artwork, entitled “Red Thread,” exemplifies Sister Cities International’s theme, “Connecting Communities for Peace and Prosperity.” Her artwork will be on display on the first floor of the American Theater in Phoebus from Aug. 19 – Sept. 4.
Vallarde will be presented a $1,000 prize during a special reception on Aug. 13, during the Sister Cities of Hampton Showcase Display unveiling at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Vallarde will attend Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia this fall.
The 2015 first-prize winners of the Sister Cities of Hampton Artists/Authors Showcase, Vallarde and Brianna Berry, each received a $200 prize. Their winning submissions were then forwarded to Sister Cities International, where Vallarde earned grand prize.
The artwork of Sister Cities International finalists will embark on a yearlong tour hosted by local sister cities throughout the United States. The first showing will take place in Hampton.
About Sister Cities of Hampton
SCH is a tax-exempt corporation working in partnership with the City of Hampton to improve understanding and promote friendship between citizens and students of Hampton and the citizens and students of Hampton’s sister cities through exchanges, communications and personal interactions. Hampton has participated in the sister city movement since the 1950s and currently has four sister cities:
- Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
- Anyang, South Korea
- Vendôme, France
- Southhampton, England
For more information about Sister Cities International, Sister Cities of Hampton and the Young Artists and Author’s Showcase, please contact Valencia Jowers at firstname.lastname@example.org
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