Washoe school students show off creative taxi tops

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - The EDAWN Foundation and Washoe County School District have announced the ten winning schools in the 5th Annual Taxi-Top Design Competition.

Students were asked to create taxi-top designs representing "why the Greater Reno-Sparks region and Northern Nevada is a great place to live, work and play." The three first place winning designs will be displayed on Whittlesea taxis for a year. One winner was selected from each category of school; high school, middle school, and elementary. The winning designs are at the bottom of this story.

Additionally, the EDAWN Foundation members expanded the contest to include identifying the top seven runner-up designs and will provide each of their teachers $500 to offset the cost of classroom art supplies. The prize money will go directly to the winning classrooms. The seven "Runners Up" art entries can be seen here.

The ten winning designs included students from North Valleys and McQueen High School, Depoali Middle School, Mount Rose K-8 School of Languages and Jesse Hall Elementary Schools.

Winners were selected by members of the Arts Community and EDAWN Foundation members. Students, teachers, family, and community guests attended the award ceremony, held April 30, 2019 at the Washoe County School District Administration building in Reno.
"We look forward to this competition each year and are always impressed by our students' outstanding artistic talent," says WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis. "This is a wonderful way not only to acknowledge their artwork, but to ensure that our community has a chance to appreciate it, too. My thanks to the EDAWN Foundation for supporting our students and staff members each year."

"Creativity is a skill in high demand for our region to help solve the complex challenges facing our businesses, government agencies, and communities," says EDAWN Foundation Board Member Tony Manfredi. "In addition to improving our quality of life, engagement in the arts stimulates thoughtful conversations, requires adapt technical skills, and often involves collaboration in team structured environments. It's imperative that we develop these skills during the formative portions of our students' lives to ensure a strong foundation for creative thinking to thrive within the workforce for our future. The EDAWN Taxi Top campaign contributes to this effort."


North Valleys High School - Meredith Sink
• A beautifully done design with impressive style and technique that captures our regions spirit and diversity - everything good about our community!

Depoali Middle School - Keira A. Fraga
• A real representation of the breadth of experience to be found in the "New Reno" while beautifully depicting Lake Tahoe!

Mount Rose K-8 School of Languages - Cooper Sandoval
• Dynamic colors host a representation of our regional "Team Spirit" and "Family Fun" community!

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First Place/North Valleys High School - Meredith Sink/Courtesy EDAWN