In all, 128 students submitted 159 works of art in Pierce County Library System’s second annual Manga Art Contest. Sixteen of the students won prizes for their award-winning drawings.
The artists submitted drawings in three categories, based upon manga, which are popular Japanese comics and cartoons.
“Looking at all of the outstanding entries was like walking through a very high-quality art gallery,” said Judy Nelson, youth services coordinator for the Library System. “The creative and incredible drawings showed the teenagers’ true pride and self expression.”
A professional artist and two art teachers judged the entries based upon originality, artistic skill, manga style and use of the Library’s Teen Read Week theme of LOL-laugh out loud. The winners include:
- Best Original Character, 5-8th grade, 1st place-Elysa Saito, Eatonville; 2nd place-Ivana Robinson, Spanaway; 3rd place-Cassie Capuli, Puyallup.
- Best Original Character, 9-12th grade, 1st place-Emily Baldado, Gig Harbor; 2nd place-Britt Kerns, Spanaway; 3rd place-KyuEun “Kristo” Cho, Puyallup.
- Best Comic Strip, 5-8th grade, 1st place-Renee Taylor, Lakewood; 2nd place-Corynne Dougil, Gig Harbor; 3rd place- Stephanie Dinh, Gig Harbor.
- Best Comic Strip, 9-12th grade, 1st place-Alyanna Castillo, Gig Harbor; 2nd place-Britt Kerns, Spanaway; 3rd place-Ashley Torres and Heather Boardman, Gig Harbor.
- Best Fan Art, 5-8th grade, 1st place-Stephanie Dinh, Gig Harbor; 2nd place-Corynne Dougil, Gig Harbor; 3rd place-Zen Robinson, DuPont.
- Best Fan Art, 9-12th grade, 1st place-Britt Kerns, Spanaway; 2nd place-Erin La Rue, University Place; 3rd place-Patricia Canimo, Puyallup.
First place winners earned $50, second place winners $25 and third place winners $15.
Winners from last year’s contest recognized two artists with student choice awards: for 5th-8th grade, Danielle Aldrich, and for 9th -12th grade, Ashley McKnight, both of Spanaway. Both winners received $30.