Artists receive Superintendent’s choice awards
by PI Staff
Jun 19, 2014 | 791 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Young artists in the Patterson Joint Unified School District were recognized for their respective artwork at the PJUSD’s board of trustees meeting on Monday, June 2.

Four students, Jacob Gomez, Jean Salenga, Alyssa Green and Naidelyn Llanda Palominos, received a certificate and gift card for their select entries.

Patterson High senior Gomez and PHS junior Salenga both painted self-portraits, while Green, a seventh-grader at Creekside Middle School, was honored for painting a ladies dance troupe. Palominos, a fourth-grader at Grayson Charter School, painted peacocks on a red background for her submission.

Teachers from pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade selected the finalists from a range of student submissions that featured a variety of mediums to be displayed at the annual Student Art and Music Extravaganza held in early May.

Phil Alfano, superintendent of schools, then chose his favorites to display at the district office.

Alfano told the gathering at the June meeting that he was inspired by the paintings, and fondly remembered his days as principal at Downey High School in Modesto where he was able to select a beautiful painting with a night sky that he liked.

“We hope this will become a longstanding tradition,” Alfano said. “It’s always a pleasure to be able to highlight what happens at school.”

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