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Oct 9, 2014

Top 20 Art Students Awarded by Atlantic Bank

Atlantic Bank Limited on Wednesday hosted an award ceremony for its fourth annual art competition. This year, primary schools students, who are avid painters, were asked to submit pieces that would display the theme, “My Happy Childhood in Belize.” The Bank received over a hundred and forty submissions from students across the country. The top twenty students were awarded at the ceremony held at the Albert Street Branch of the bank. Duane Moody was there and has this report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Primary school students from across the country took part in the 2014 Atlantic Bank Limited Art Competition. A total of one hundred and forty-one entries were submitted and on Wednesday at the bank’s Albert Street Branch in downtown Belize City, the top twenty budding artists were recognized and awarded for their paintings that earned top marks in the competition.


Valentin Marin, Manager, Atlantic Bank Albert Street Branch

Valentin Marin

“It basically started as a one-time event to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Atlantic Bank; that was in 2011. But like I said, the pieces that were submitted by these kids, I mean the talent, the creativity was so fantastic that we just couldn’t see ourselves making it a one-year event and we actually did a second year and now we are up to our fourth years. Basically, we present a theme and we invite submissions from the primary schools and the response has been overwhelming. Today’s theme was actually “My Happy Childhood in Belize.” So all the pieces that were submitted were intended to portray the kids’ happy childhood in Belize. So we are recognizing the top winners here today.”


The top fifteen students received school supplies and art equipment, while the top five were given gadgets such as I-pads and kindles while others received cash prizes. Eleven year old Shanaya Montes is a standard five student of Louisiana Government School in Orange Walk and has been painting from the age of three. She won the top spot for her painting that featuring a Maya monument and took home a Dell laptop.


Shanaya Montes

Shanaya Montes, Winner, Atlantic Bank Art Competition

“I put a lot of time into it. Mister Bennett helped me with my painting on weekends. I go to his house and he helped me with the painting and I put a lot of time and effort in the painting. I painted a Maya ruin because in Belize…and then in the painting I have myself swimming, enjoying the water with no crime, lone happiness and no fighting.”


Duane Moody

“What advice would you have to other persons who might want to compete next year in an art competition like this? What should they do to make sure that they put their best painting out there and win?”


Shanaya Montes

“Well you have to put a lot of effort into it and make sure that you do your best and try hard.”


According to the Manager of Atlantic Bank Albert Street Branch, Valentin Marin, the panel of judges looked for creativity and the artistic alignment with the theme.


Valentin Marin

“The categories are the artistic, the creativity, the alignment with our theme; those were basically the criteria that we were looking for. But the colors, the presentation….there’s a lot of factors that went in but basically we are looking for artistic creativity and alignment with our theme. Last year, we actually did a book and one of the winning pieces was actually the cover of the book. Maybe it will be a book, but we are not too certain as yet, but certainly some of these pieces will be used in some of our materials.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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