Twenty-nine winning entries headed for exhibit at Alamo, San Antonio Missions

Photos by Jeff Ramirez/VIA
Health Career High School sophomore Elisabeth Wang is joined by Alamo Living History Coordinator Ryan Badger and VIA President/CEO Jeff Arndt during the awards presentation of VIA’s 2017 Youth Art Contest. Wang’s winning entry was selected Best of Show and will be featured on the exterior of a VIA bus for the next year.


SAN ANTONIO (May 18, 2017) – VIA Metropolitan Transit announced the winners of its 22nd Annual Youth Art Contest on Thursday as part of VIA’s commitment to encourage development of local talent, grow awareness of transit themes, and create art in transit displays.

The popular art contest was open to students in grades pre-K through 12 in the VIA service area. Twenty-nine winning entries were selected to be displayed throughout the VIA fleet and be featured in a first-of-its-kind exhibit at the Alamo and San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site in observance of Preservation Month. This year’s call for entries drew more than 4,000 original art pieces inspired by the theme “EXPLORE … Plan your next adventure on VIA.” Students were encouraged to feature public transportation scenes that highlight area landmarks and points of interest, such as museums, parks, and the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site.

“The EXPLORE theme inspired young artists to capture the history and culture of our region, and imagine all the ways to connect to these important places, riding VIA,” VIA President/CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said. “For 22 years, VIA has celebrated young artists, their teachers, and families who support the Youth Art Contest as champions of art in transit. Their creativity is an inspiration.”

Thursday’s awards announcement featured a presentation and living history demonstration by Ryan Badger, Alamo Complex Management’s living history coordinator, from the perspective of Davy Crockett, famed defender of the Alamo—the most-recognized missions site and the most-visited site in all of Texas.

First- and second-place winners from each grade level were announced at Thursday’s event. One entry, by Elisabeth Wang, a 10th-grade student at Health Careers High School, was named Best of Show. Her artwork is featured on the exterior of two VIA buses, courtesy of Clear Channel Outdoor. The winning selections will be showcased at the Alamo and San Antonio Missions on Saturday, May 20, 2017, through a partnership with the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office, the National Park Service, the Professional Tour Guide Association of San Antonio, and the Alamo Complex Management.

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The winners of the 2017 VIA Youth Art Contest are joined by VIA President/CEO Jeff Arndt in front of a bus featuring Health Careers High School sophomore Elisabeth Wang’s entry, which was selected Best of Show.

2017 VIA Youth Art Contest Winners

Pre-Kinder1st:Lucky GalanHighland Park GT Academy
Pre-Kinder2nd:Adrian ArredondoWilson Elementary
Kindergarten 1st:Molly LawhornHoward Early Childhood Center
Kindergarten 2nd:Hannah MilamLa Promesa Christian Academy
First 1st:Mikaela RoldanCamelot Elementary
First 2nd:Julieta VasquezWilson Elementary
Second 1st:Zachary BergeronElrod Elementary
Second2nd:Dayami RivasLa Promesa Christian Academy
Third1st:Nico SalinasCanyon Ridge Elementary
Third2nd:Gabriela GutierrezH.B. Gonzalez Elementary
Fourth1st:Aliezer MaldonadoCamelot Elementary
Fourth2nd:Soleil Ramon
Elrod Elementary
Fifth1st:Rufus Wilson V. Ward Elementary
Fifth2nd:Emma GarciaL.B. Johnson Elementary
Sixth1st:Christopher ColetoVale Middle School
Sixth2nd:Ava ValdezTejeda Middle School
Seventh1st:Madison MesaSTEM Academy
Seventh2nd:Zoey ZimmermanBush Middle School
Eighth1st:Abigail NavarreteGarcia Middle School
Eighth2nd:Arveesha RedEisenhower Middle School
Ninth1st:Arlette RochaRoosevelt High School
Ninth2nd:Ellie WardRoosevelt High School
10th1st:Joy Doyeong KimRoosevelt High School
10th2nd:Chris Garcia-SanchezCole High School
11th1st:Thanh NguyenRoosevelt High School
11th2nd:Sarah TorresRoosevelt High School
12th 1st:Brian CortezStevens High School
12th2nd:Samantha MillerRoosevelt High School
Best of ShowElisabeth WangHealth Careers High School

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