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Area students participate in “Where I Live” arts contest

The familiar refrains of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” playing over the airwaves during the holiday season validate the sentimentality we feel about the place we call home during this time of year.

It is in that spirit that Clark County elementary students were asked to illustrate what home means to them during the annual “Where I Live” School Arts Exhibition hosted by the Nevada Housing Division in conjunction with support from community partners and sponsors.

More than 1,600 Clark County kindergarten through fifth grade students submitted artwork depicting where they live now or a place they would like to call home.

The submitted entries were narrowed to 192 pieces selected by a panel of local artists, community leaders and state officials.

The juried pieces were put on display Dec. 6 at the “Where I Live” exhibition and awards program held in the Titian Ballroom at The Venetian where a group of more than 850 students, teachers, family members, sponsors and partners were gathered.

During the program, awards for first, second and third place, along with 10 honorable mentions were given special recognition.

Recipients of first, second and third place were presented with a certificate and gift card.

The 10 honorable mention recipients were given a certificate and all 13 winners were given an art box and will have their artwork featured in the 2015 “Where I Live” calendar distributed by the Nevada Housing Division.

The winners of this year’s art contest are:

■ Trisha Nguyen, 5th Grade , First Place

■ Marcellus Brown, 5th Grade, Second Place

■ Antonella Canavesi, 4th Grade, Third Place

■ Honorable Mentions: Britney Gonzalez (fifth grade); Alejandro Arancibia (fourth grade); Asher Threat (third grade); Jaren Nickels (fourth grade); Axel Reynolds (fourth grade); Arianna Jones (second grade); Alyssa Anderson (kindergarten); Ruby Butler (third grade); Priscilla Betty Jenkins (fourth grade); Davi Auna Dean (fourth grade)

“The Division was pleased to partner with Clark County School District, The Venetian Hotel and Casino as well as various sponsors to offer this contest, now in its 15th year. The evening was magical for all of us: the 192 student artists, their parents, the proud teachers who came out to support their students, and the Venetian crew that worked so hard to put this together. I am so proud to be a part of something so gratifying and am looking forward to next year’s contest,” said Nicole Nelson, Nevada Housing Division.

The contest, exhibition and awards were made possible with the support of a number of community partners and sponsors including: Sands Cares, Distinctive Homes, Aaron Brothers Art and Framing, Affordable Housing Partners, Altera Home Loans, Clark County School District, George Gekakis, Inc., Nevada H.A.N.D., Inc., Nevada Rural Housing Authority, One Nevada Credit Union, Southern Fidelity Mortgage and SDA, Inc.

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