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Jan 26, 2012

St. Joseph Student shines in International Art Competition

There’s some exciting news new tonight involving a St. Joseph Student, Kastanea Cruz, who has now moved on to St. Catherine Academy High School. Cruz has placed third in the forty-second World School Children’s Art Competition, held recently in Taiwan. Artworks from several Belizean schools were submitted via the National Institute of Culture and History and Cruz’s painting was one of the final pieces selected for a grand exhibition. To be in top three out of thousands of submissions from around the world, is a huge achievement for the school, which has also had its art students recognized locally on several previous occasions. NICH President, Diane Haylock presented the certificate of recognition and News Five spoke to the young artist as well as her proud principal.

Diane Haylock, President, National Institute of Culture and History

Diane Haylock

“Seven of the pieces of work that were submitted actually came from St. Joseph School and furthermore, one of the winners of that Forty-second annual World School Children’s Art Competition is actually from St. Joseph.  That person won Bronze. But let me tell you a little bit more. Over a hundred countries submitted entries. Over a hundred countries from across the world submitted entries. They actually received eighteen thousand pieces of art work.”

Kastanea Cruz

Kastanea Cruz, 3rd Place, World School Children’s Art Competition

“It’s surprising but I’m so happy.”

Delahnie Bain

“Can you tell us a bit about the painting?”

Kastanea Cruz

“The painting was about peace between Belize and Taiwan because it was going to Taiwan. It had like the Eifel tower, the Chinese Arena and Taipei 101 in the background and like it showed like half of the world good and bad and how we need more peace.”

Glorycela Torres, Principal, St. Joseph School

Glorycela Torres

“We have been in different competitions in the country and around the world. We won the Penta Competition as number one and our school will be painted; that was the prize. Then we had won Atlantic competition as well with many of our pieces. We also had been—with this one where one of our art pieces won the bronze medal and that was displayed in Taipei. So we got a call from there that our art piece was displayed among others from all around the world and that really makes us proud of what we are doing at our school.”

As an additional reward, the school was presented with a gift package of art supplies from the Angelus Press and a cheque for five hundred dollars from Haylock.

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