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December 1, 2012

Miranda wins high school art contest

Corsicana — Adrian Miranda won the Grand Prize in the Collin Street Bakery Art contest for the second time in a row. The Corsicana High School junior said he hadn’t planned on entering the contest this year because he’s not taking art class, but his friends and family urged him to try anyway.

“It was kind of at the last minute,” he said of his decision to enter, although doing the drawing itself took him about a week of working two to five hours a day. Miranda’s piece shows a comfortable living room with a roaring fire, while a fruitcake and the Collin Street Bakery sign are in the upper corners of the picture. What sets it apart is the incredible detail of each feature, from the Christmas tree in the living room, to the perfect depiction of the bakery logo.

Miranda said he has considered doing something in art for a living, but he’s currently taking classes in engineering-welding at the high school, which he enjoys very much. Last year, he used the grand prize money, $500, for small purchases throughout the year, and he’ll do that this year, as well.

“For when ever I need something,” he said.

Ana Miranda, Adrian’s mother, said she’s very proud of her son.

Winning the People’s Choice award was a drawing by Sabryn Cotton, a freshman at Corsicana High School. Sabryn got some advice on the drawing from her mom, Michelle Owen.

“I told her to do a night scene because it would be different,” Michelle said.

The rest, though, was Sabryn’s idea. Her drawing is a black-and-white of the I-45 bakery on a snowy night, with lovers kissing under the stars and Santa and his reindeer flying overhead.

Sabryn hopes to become an interior designer when she grows up.

There was some confusion Thursday night when the People’s Choice had been incorrectly awarded to another girl, but it was cleared up pretty quickly. Sabryn will receive the prize money of $250. She intends to spend it on shoes.

More than 30 kids and their parents showed up at the awards event Thursday at the bakery, and they were treated to a veritable mountain of cookies, cake and punch. Bob McNutt praised the students for their originality and talent.

“I just want to say how proud we are of the talent in this school system and community,” he told the parents and kids. “We just couldn’t be happier.”

About 400 students entered their work in the contest. The top winners’ work will be framed and put on display at the bakery. All the winners received some sort of cash prize, from $10 for honorable mention, up to $50 for the elementary school first-place winners. In all, the bakery awarded over $1,250 in cash prizes, according to Fine Arts Director for CISD, Tracey Abel.

The winners of the Second annual Collin Street Bakery Art Contest are as follows:

• Second/Third grades: Abigail Martinez, first; Lilly Dominy, second; Rayven Davis, third, all of Bowie Elementary.

• Fourth/Fifth grades: Joshua Monroy, first, Sam Houston Elementary; Brenden Cofer, second, Bowie Elementary; Vanessa Cervantes, third, of Navarro Elementary.

• Sixth-Eighth grades: Brittany Palasko, first, Drane Intermediate; Alyssa Sanchez, second, Drane; Andrea Garcia, third, Collins Middle School.

• Ninth-12th grades: (all are students at Corsicana High School) Adrian Miranda, first and grand prize; Karla Ramirez, second; Alondra Lopez, third.

Sabryn Cotton, ninth grade, won the People’s Choice award after two weeks of voting by the public.

Honorable mention ribbons and prizes were awarded to Kiara Johnson, Bowie Elementary; K.C. Moreno, Bowie; Fernando Cuevas, Drane; Tenay Pinchback, Collins; Jason Rivas, Sam Houston; Gabe Gilfillan, Sam Houston; Adam Flores, Drane; Carina Cardenas, Navarro; Toviyah Williams, Navarro; Banesa Hernandez, CHS; Melissa Jones, CHS; Brenda Altamira, CHS; Damion Sullivan, CHS; Heather Strauser, CHS; and Tadrian Hervey, CHS.


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