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Carrasco Elementary first grader wins top state prize in Youth Art Month flag design contest

 Carrasco first grader holding up award and artwork

A Socorro Independent School District student was the elementary state winner in the Youth Art Month flag design contest, which is sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association.

Amariah Adame, a first-grade student at Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary, was the top elementary school winner across the state of Texas. She won for her flag drawing representing peace and love.

She was one of three winners in the prestigious statewide art contest, which awarded the top elementary, middle and high school students.

Adame’s work now may be displayed at the national level if she is chosen over the middle and high school winners to represent Texas. The Texas representative goes on to the National Art Education Association Youth Art Month flag design contest and is incorporated into a flag for display at the Youth Art Month Museum at the NAEA annual national convention.

The SISD Fine Arts Department and school employees surprised Adame with the news that she won and honored her with a certificate, balloons, and an art kit.

Claudia Cardenas, the art teacher at Carrasco Elementary, submitted Adame’s flag design into the contest and was among the first to know that she won. Cardenas was thrilled to let her know she was a state champion.

When Adame was told that she won the state contest, she said she could not believe it and was happy to know she was representing her school and the El Paso region.

“I received a lot of gifts because I won the contest,” Adame said. “It feels good. I’m happy.”

SISD employees, Carrasco staff and the school’s mascot were excited to congratulate Adame for the creativity in her artwork.

“We are so proud of (Amariah) for representing herself and the district, with her flag which represents unity and love,” said Armando Martinez, SISD Fine Arts director. “Considering the times that we are going through these days … it represents what our nation needs.”

This is the first time in more than 10 years that SISD entered the Youth Art Month flag design contest, which resulted in a state winner. Team SISD provides opportunities for students to excel in many areas of fine arts with daily classes and many contests and competitions at the local, state, and national levels.

SISD students can participate in art, band, choir, theater, dance, mariachi and more in the fine arts.

“During these unprecedented times there are a lot of things that are limited as far as congregating. So, we are blessed that right now that we had the opportunity to enter many different contests that have gone virtual. That way, we do not take away opportunities from students to be able to express themselves,” Martinez said. “We want them to continue to have the opportunity to do what they love.”

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Published January 26, 2021

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