(LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26, 2007) – On the same day that international film stars received Oscars in Hollywood for their performances in movies, several Southern California students took their own star turn at an awards ceremony Sunday celebrating the history of South Central Los Angeles in artwork and essays.
South Central Family History Day at the California African American Museum included an awards ceremony for local K-12 students who have best described their South Central Los Angeles neighborhood through art and essays about the history and spirit of the area. Jordan High School students dominated the winning artwork entries.
History contest judges were historians, local educators, artists and community leaders. The event was co-sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California, the California African American Museum and the UCLA History Project. The awards ceremony was held at the museum, 600 State Drive., in Exposition Park.
Students who won prizes ranging from $75 to $150 were:
- Historic South Los Angeles Essay Winners:
- Tereza Yerimyan, junior, John Marshall High School, $150
- Erika Juarez, grade 6, The Accelerated School, $150
- Runner-Up Essay:
- Jaice Mendoza, freshman, John C. Fremont High School, $75
- Tashara Carr, grade 6, The Accelerated School, $75
- Spirit of Los Angeles Art Winners:
- Karina Gutierrez, freshman, Jordan High School, $150
- Alma Piedramartell, freshman, Jordan High School, $150
- Evelyn Sanchez, freshman, Jordan High School, $150
- Art Runners-Up:
- Amy Baez, freshman, Jordan High School, $75
- Martin Diaz, freshman, Jordan High School, $75
- Emanuel Trinidad, freshman, Jordan High School, $75
- Miriam Virgen, freshman, Jordan High School, $75
- Leroiya Jones, freshman, Jordan High School, $75
The day-long program was held in conjunction with the museum's current photography exhibit, "Intersections of South Central: People and Places in Historic and Contemporary Photography," which goes beyond myth and misunderstanding to show a vibrant neighborhood which is truly a community. The exhibit, which covers 70 years of life in South Central, is sponsored by the Auto Club and runs through April 28.