Portola Takes on the P.R.I.D.E. Values Art Contest

Lauren Kettner, Staff Writer

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The inspiring words shown on campus: perseverance, respect, integrity, drive and empathy, reflect the P.R.I.D.E. values. The Learning Commons hosted its first student-based contest over the past month on the television screens posted around campus. 56 entries later, the “P.R.I.D.E. Values Art Contest” has announced the winners: freshmen Alena Coventry, Daniel Wang and Carmen Yang and sophomores Karen Fan and Yasmine Ibrahim. Members on campus selected these winners by voting online.

Media technician Amanda Cramer said she is excited for future contests since the students were enthusiastic about entering this one.

“[The contest was] an opportunity for project-based learning, and we wanted to invite students to be contributors to the [television] screens,” Cramer said.

The contest allowed students to create what will be displayed on the screens for the remaining part of the school year. Cramer will usually create the slides for school events. Allowing students to submit their artwork to display on the screens involves more people within the school community.

“The TVs can serve as a unique avenue to display what they are learning,” Cramer said. “It is a part of our learner outcomes that our Bulldogs will be capable, creators, communicators and contributors.”

Library media specialist Pamela Quiros has been a supporter of the contest. Quiros has not been directing the contest but rather helping Cramer with the behind-the-scenes details.

“I’ve just simply [been] consulting, looking, saying ‘yeah those pieces look good,’ ‘how’s it going’ and really just supporting [Cramer],” Quiros said. “I think the contests are a fun way to get the students involved because these TVs are really all about the students anyways.”

Art teacher Kearci Moir helped Cramer develop the criteria of the contest. Moir said she supported the contest because she believes in high schoolers expressing themselves.

“In being able to develop the skills of art, it helps you develop a growth mindset as well, in regards to your other classes,” Moir said.