Strasburg student’s art takes second in state contest

One Strasburg student’s artwork earned her a second-place win in the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign’s poster contest, showing how “Virginia is for givers.”

The campaign began on Oct. 5, with state employees contributing toward a long list of different approved charities. Governor Terry McAuliffe called for a fundraising goal of $4.3 million for this year.

Savannah Lee, a 16-year-old junior at Strasburg High School, submitted an ink and watercolor piece depicting hands reaching out to a cardinal in a dogwood tree holding a coin in its beak. She said art teacher Jennifer Walker told the class about the contest last winter in her Art 2 class and that she wanted to experiment with the medium.

“A couple of my friends applied,” she said. “We all did different ideas though.”

Walker said she gets her students involved in art contests from time to time, but this is her first year proposing the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign’s contest. She said she reviewed state symbols and how to portray what it means to give with the students.

“I just think Savannah’s really talented,” she said. “I’m really happy that she won because I felt like her art is very strong.”

See Lee’s submission on the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign’s website at http://www.cvc.virginia.gov/index.html.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com.