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The smART Gallery

(Student Masterpiece ART Gallery)

Thanks to the over 1,100 contestants in NEA’s National Kids’ Art Contest for reminding us that what’s cool about school is you! And congratulations to the winners whose vivid images of their favorite teachers and vision for the school of the future blew us away. Something to smile about: My Favorite Teacher was a favorite theme not just with the little kids, but with high schoolers, too.


First Place, Grades K-3    

Title:  What’s Cool About School

Winner: Jorsely R., age 5

Teacher: Dan Suh, Charles H. Kim Elementary
Los Angeles, California

First Place, Grades 4-6

Title: What’s Cool About School

Winner: Sonnie K., age 10

Teacher:  Ruth Gainer, Whetstone Elementary
Gaithersburg, Maryland

First Place, Grades 7-9

Title:  Music Within Us  

Winner:  Jared C., age 15

Teacher:  Darryl Gates, Youree Drive Middle
Shreveport, Louisiana

First Place, Grades 10-12

Title:    Barnsie

Winner:  Oleksandra B., age 16

Teacher:   Barbara Barnes, Matawan Regional High
Aberdeen, New Jersey

Best of Show

Title:  School of the Future

Winner:    Jessie Z., age 7

Teacher:    Heather Aldama, Dilworth Elementary
San Jose, California


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