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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 1, 2002 - Issue 62


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Sherman Students Win Design Contest

by Jamie Ayala/The Press-Enterprise
credits: Jamie Ayala/The Press-Enterprise
KNBC-TV weatherman Christopher Nance congratulates Sherman Indian High School art students for winning a contest to paint a community angel.
KNBC-TV weatherman Christopher Nance congratulates Sherman Indian High School art students for winning a contest to paint a community angel. RIVERSIDE - Sherman Indian High School students beamed with pride when they found out they would share their heritage with visitors and residents of Los Angeles.

KNBC-TV weatherman Christopher Nance announced Thursday that the students had won a contest to design an angel that will be included in "A Community of Angels," a public art program. The announcement was made during a live news broadcast. The contest was sponsored by the station.

"The buzz around campus is how excited the students are, but I don't think they have fully absorbed the news yet," Principal Kathleen Silvas said.

Sherman was chosen out of more than 40 high school entrants. The judging committee of six art educators and museum representatives said they liked the way the design worked in a theme that unified all of the images and colors.

"There was a sense of being complete and unified. The design speaks from the heart and soul of the native people," KNBC-TV spokeswoman Erin Dittman said of the committee's choice.

The program, which debuted last year, features life-size angel statues decorated by emerging and established artists. The angels are placed throughout Los Angeles to celebrate the City of Angels' namesake and raise funds for youth programs of the Volunteers of America.

The students received a 6-foot-6-inch fiberglass angel to paint their winning design upon. Their design is a collage of Native American creation themes such as the solar system, the five elements and other symbols.

"The template is a collaboration of the students' artwork and ideas," said Monica L. Royalty, the school's art teacher. "They tried to incorporate the ethic amongst more than 105 different tribes."

More than 15 students will help paint the angel. Along with 199 others, the angel will be unveiled next month in Los Angeles. They will be available for viewing until September.

Royalty said the art students are always doing murals all over the campus, so getting the angel painted within the next couple of weeks shouldn't be a problem.

When the angel exhibit ends, the Sherman Indian High School angel will be auctioned and proceeds will go to the charity of their choice.

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