Friday, March 31, 2017

Announcing 2017 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest Winners!

First Place Artwork by Elena Hessinger
The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is proud to announce the winner of its 2017 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Elena Hessinger!

A tenth-grader at Westview High School, Elena has been awarded top honors for her color design which depicts a group of diverse teens reading and constructing a new city in their minds. Her design expertly captures this year’s Teen Summer Reading theme: Build a Better World: Read!

Second Place Artwork by Laurel Shepard
Elena receives a $150 gift certificate for Powell’s Books and her art will appear on all countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer.

This is the eighth consecutive year that WCCLS has encouraged teens to capture the spirit of Summer Reading through their creative art. Thirty-seven pieces were submitted at the public libraries in Washington County during the months of January and February. On March 14th, feedback collected from local teens was reviewed and the winning piece was selected.

2nd Place and Honorable Mention winners were also awarded. These individuals each received a gift card for Dick Blick Art Materials.

Below is a full list of 2017 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest winners:

  • First Place: Elena Hessinger, Westview High School
  • Second Place: Laurel Shepard, Southridge High School
  • Honorable Mention: Crystal Franklin, Jesuit High School
  • Honorable Mention: Len Nguyen, Sunset High School

Honorable Mention Artwork by Crystal Franklin
Honorable Mention Artwork by Len Nguyen
The Summer Reading Program promotes reading habits that last all year. Summer Reading in Washington County will officially begin on June 1st. Teens can sign up at their local public library to earn prizes for reading, including tickets to Portland Thorns, T2, and Trail Blazers games; a round of miniature golf at Bullwinkles Family Fun Center, a deep discount to Oaks Amusement Park, and Buy One-Get One admission to the Oregon State Fair.

The Teen Summer Reading Art Contest was made possible by a grant from the Oregon State Library.