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Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest
Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest


Two area fifth-grade students took top honors in a recent anti-graffiti art contest.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Carlos Gonzalez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School and Ashtyn Fink of the Meadows School as the grand prize winners of the Anti-Graffiti Art Contest at a special D.A.R.E. event hosted by the RTC Thursday night.

Their winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

All of the artwork was created by local fifth-grade students. More than 20 local elementary schools participated in this year’s contest, submitting more than 475 entries. The entries were narrowed down to 10, and the winners were selected by an online community poll.

The contest seeks to teach students that the difference between art and graffiti is permission. The theme for the students’ artwork was “you spray, you pay.”  The goal is to pledge against graffiti and educate the public that graffiti is a crime. 

The winning artwork will travel the valley’s streets on the RTC vehicle for one year to promote the anti-graffiti message. The artwork of the other finalists will be displayed on transit shelters and inside various RTC transit vehicles, courtesy of Vector Media.

Other finalists will have their artwork featured at RTC transit shelters. They include:

Bailey Elementary: Andreana Bowman, Jolynne Quidlat and Shadrach Reyes-Montes

Charlotte Hill Elementary: Beau Taylor

Walter V. Long Elementary: Estrellita Mendez-Soto and Elisa Martinez

Alamo Elementary: Vladan Grujicic

Our Lady of Las Vegas: Elizabeth Rodriguez