Eisenhower High School student wins award for his artwork

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) – An Eisenhower High School student is the winner of an art competition for her work depicting change in modern society.

Gwyneth Sanchez, 17, won a grand prize for her artwork in the statewide Law Day Art and Writing Contest.

The Oklahoma Bar Association celebrates the 46th Annual All Oklahoma Student Competition. It is celebrated annually to raise awareness of American law. The theme for this year’s competition is: Towards a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.

Sanchez’s unique artistic style helped him win the contest.

“It was just this little yellow paper, maybe about as big, against a bunch of white papers. I looked at it and I was like, ‘Oh, and art contest!'” Sanchez said.

Sanchez, along with other students from the state, were able to enter the competition. Students had to choose a writing or artistic prompt that had to be submitted by the deadline of February 4, last month.

A grand prize of $500 will be awarded to the best overall individual entry chosen from all grade levels K-12. Students who were unable to win the cash prize were all able to receive entrance certificates.

Sanchez ended up winning the cash prize with his artistic prompt: “The Advance of Equality.”

“I was pretty excited, I was just sitting on my phone and hanging out with friends, then all of a sudden I got an email, then I clicked on it and I was like Oh! I won !” Sanchez said.

Sanchez chose this prompt because she said her mother was her inspiration.

“My mum, she has a little cake business – well, it’s not small but it’s quite big actually. When I was younger she also made little crispy rice sculptures. It would go with the cake, and I always thought those were really cool,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez not only participated in the Law Day competition for the Oklahoma Bar Association, but also helped lead the creation of a holiday mural that was placed in the Elmer Thomas Park ice rink last December.

She and other former peers from the Life Ready Center in Lawton were given 5 hours to complete the mural. She jumped in to help whenever they needed it.

“He was like hey can you design like two different sketches for both sides of this wall thing – and I was like of course, because I didn’t think it would really go anywhere. Then they were like okay you got five hours to paint this with 20 high school kids you don’t know and direct them, and I’m like okay,” Sanchez said.

The young student hopes to one day become an artist in the Lawton area and attend Cameron University.

You can learn more about entering future contests by visiting the OBA’s website at okbar.org/lawday.

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