Morningside High School student Jesus Ortiz has been named a finalist in an art contest sponsored by the Westchester/Playa del Rey chapter of Rotary International, making him eligible to compete among students across the greater Los Angeles area for a $1,000 cash prize.
Ortiz, a student in Laurie Siqueido’s Media Design class, created a large 22- by- 30-inch graphite drawing, expressing the need for the arts in education. He chose three of his teachers, took cell phone photos, and drew them holding symbols of three divisions of the arts: theater, visual art and music. He called the piece, “The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts,” which is written on a chalk board behind the figures.
Morningside High student Yessie Sandoval also entered a short film in the Rotary’s local contest, making Morningside the only school with two students competing.
The students were judged by a panel of representatives from Otis College of Art and Design and surrounding Fine Arts programs. They were interviewed in depth about their artwork and were asked to justify the relationship of the piece to the Rotary “Four-Way Test” for truth, benevolence, friendship and service.
Congratulations to Jesus and Yessie as well as their teachers, who have mentored and supported these talented students in achieving their goals.