"All colors, any style, let everyone's spirit bloom and grow" is the winning slogan, created by 10-year-old Lily Mast, for the Lodi Breakthrough Project's poster and slogan contest.
Entries had to reflect the Breakthrough Project's mission statement, which is to create a community free of bigotry, racism and prejudice. Winners were chosen Monday afternoon.
The first prize winner of the artwork and slogan contests will receive a prize of $500 each. Most entries will be displayed in various places around Lodi as part of a traveling show.
The Breakthrough Project helps victims of hate crimes, educates the community on diversity with seminars open to the public and does projects such as cleaning up hate-related graffitti. It was started in 1998 after a cross was burned at Tokay High School.
Many contest entries depicted scenes and words of love and peace, and people coming together, as in the second-place slogan, "We are one big family under the same sky."
The winning entry had a simple design with three colorful hands placed on a black background and phrases that reflected the mission. The poster, created by Tim Cummings, may be put on a billboard in Lodi.
Taj Khan, who works with the Breakthrough Project, said that the concept of a signboard announcing the mission came about a couple of years ago.
"We thought we should have a competition to extend the cause and educate students and educate the community," he said.
Contest winners for slogan include: First place, Mast, of Lodi; second place, Maria Abundis,a seventh grader at Morada Middle School; third place, Erica Dickerson, 11; and two honorable mentions, Leyna Huynh and Terry Mast.
Contest winners for poster include: First place, Tim Cummings; second place, Marilyn Eger; third place, Chris Azevedo; honorable mentions, Matt Lagomarsino and Naina Betra.
Children's poster winners include: First place, Juana Rojas, Franklin High School; second place, Nina Mast, 6, of Lodi; third place, Leyna Huynh, 17, of Stockton; and honorable mention, Abundis.
Contest judges were Laura Heinitz, a Lodi Arts Commissioner; Linda Garing, guest member of the Breakthrough Project; and Patty Radotic, performing and visual arts teacher at Millswood Middle School.
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