Memorial's Alcala, Thompson's Nguyen Take Calendar Top Spots
Memorial High's Stephen Alcala last week finished first in the senior division of the DOW Art Calendar contest, the second year in a row in which Alcala has been featured on the calendar.
Thompson Intermediate's Dona Nguyen finished first in the junior division. Both students earned $500 and another $1,500 for their schools.
A reception was held at Monument Inn for the winning students, their families, teachers and principals.
Nearly 400 entries were received from nine area districts. Pasadena ISD students dominated the awards, placing in eight of the 12 spots on the calendar. Annually, 20,000 calendars are printed and distributed internationally.
Other district students placing in the senior division were Brittany Seay, Memorial, second place; Chelsea Maclean, Memorial, third place; Brooke Hall and Tram Le, both from Memorial and both honorable mention.
Other district students placing in the junior division were Mariah Martinez, Queens Intermediate, third place; and Carin Gusman, De Zavala Middle School, honorable mention.
( Below) Thompson's Nguyen with her winning art piece.
Celebrating Memorial's big haul are teacher Miguel Herrera, student Tram Le, teacher Adam Malek and students Chelsea Maclean, Brooke Hall, Stephen Alcala and Brittany Seay.