For Immediate Release
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November 18, 1999
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Winners Named in Cultural Art Contest

Local high school and college students were recently named winners of the First Annual Pachanga (get together) Fine Arts, Photography and Literature Contest at the recent opening of the Pachanga Arts and Literature Exhibition at Indiana University Northwestís, Gallery Northwest.

With the theme of Preserving Our Past, While Creating Our Future, contestants, as well as national artists entered work in the exhibition with their own interpretation of the theme. Sponsored by IU Northwest, La Casa of Northwest Indiana, NiSource, Borders Books of Highland and Jerry Long, the contestís goals were to showcase and acknowledge art and literature representing the Latino community, as well traditions and future goals as an American.

Students receiving recognition for their art and literature include: First place, Amanda Salinas, Munster High School in art; Jamie Jenkins, Hanover Central High School in photography; Jacalyn Bolles, Thomas A. Edison High School in literature; Bernade Bogan, IU Northwest in oil; and Daniel Hein IU Northwest in poetry.

Second place recognition went to Alisha Wright, Andrean High School in art; Ashley Kaufman, Munster High School in photography; Brittaney Finchum, Thomas A. Edison High School in literature; Dawn Yerger, Emerson School for the Performing Arts in literature; and Cathy Carney, IU Northwest in watercolor.

Winners in the third place category include: Jesus Hernandez, Gavit High School in art; Kyana Gardner, Emerson School for the Performing Arts in literature; and Joyce Niksic, IU Northwest in pencil.

Honorable mentions in art and photography went to Peter Alvarez, Hammond High School; David Eric Lundin, Munster High School; Ricardo Paez, Central High School; and Andrea Williams, Munster High School. Honorable mentions in literature include: Jessica Franco, Bishop Knoll Institute; and Brandon Mills, Chris Redar, Katie Redar, Crystal Ramos and Danielle Underwood, all at Thomas A. Edison High School.

First, second and third place winners receive a monetary award and honorable mentions will receive a certificate of recognition. All winners will be recognized at the Pachanga Awards and Scholarship Event at Historic Meyers Castle.

The First Annual Pachanga represents a series of events reflecting the Latino cultures. Upcoming events include the awards and scholarship event on Nov. 19, the Noche De Celebracion II (performing arts) on Dec. 4, and a Northwest Indiana Hispanic Womenís Forum Career Day is scheduled for next March.  Other Pachanga event sponsors include the United Cultural Arts Association, the Northwest Indiana Arts Association, the Northwest Indiana Hispanic Coordinating Council, IU Northwest department of Latino studies and ALMA, NiSource and Historic Meyers Castle. For more information on Pachanga events telephone La Casa at 219-884-0095 or IU Northwest at 219-980-6686..


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