Young Authors and Artists Showcase
Every year, Santa Clarita Sister Cities hosts a literary and art competition open to students ages 13-18 from Santa Clarita, Tena, and Sariaya. The Santa Clarita showcase offers students an opportunity to submit in three different categories: essay, poetry, and artwork. The winners selected from Santa Clarita’s judging are sent to Washington, DC to compete with entries from other Sister Cities organizations nationally and internationally for the $1,000-grand prize. The winning entries and finalists are exhibited in different cities across the United States for a year.
Young Authors and Artists Showcase Through the Years
Santa Clarita students have successfully competed with entries from other Sister Cities organizations throughout the United States over the years and made us proud.
This year, Valencia High student Amber Lee’s artwork, titled “United We Stand,” and Saugus High student Sydney Hooper’s poem, titled “Stronger Than Ever,” were chosen as finalists. Their work addressed the 2020 theme, “One World: Out of Many, We Are One.”
In 2019, Saugus High student Katherine Denzin’s essay, “Similarities and Differences,” was chosen by Sister Cities International as one of the national finalists.
In 2016, an essay titled “Peace through People” by Cristal Ramirez, a Valencia High student, was chosen as one of the national finalists.
In 2013, Santa Clarita’s winning entry, “The Powerful Exchange of Love” by Valencia High School student Seung Won (Ashley) Choi was chosen by Sister Cities International as the national grand prize winner. During the same year, the artwork entitled “Power of Exchange” by Charmaine Agawin, a student from Sariaya, Quezon, Santa Clarita’s Sister City in the Philippines, was chosen as one of the international finalists. Both entries toured the United States for a year, which included a stop in Santa Clarita. Charmaine’s artwork is currently on display in the lobby at City Hall.
2020 “One World: Out of Many, We are One”
2019 “Global Citizens: Resilient Communities”
2015 “Connecting Communities for Peace and Prosperity”
2014 “Connect Globally. Thrive Locally”
2013 “The Power of Exchange”
2012 “Youth As A Catalyst for Change”