With two conceptions of the theme “Your Path to Peace,” Westbury High School senior Mariah Taylor won first place and Bellaire High School junior Li Boynton won second place in the Houston Sister Cities Young Artists Competition. Bellaire’s Lingyi Peng and Jessica Caruso each received Honorable Mentions. First and second place paintings earned cash prizes and a personal greeting from Mayor Bill White, Councilman M.J. Khan, and Sister Cities president Ellen Goldberg at a City Hall meeting. Li Boynton’s artwork will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete in the International Sister Cities Young Artists Competition.
Each year, Houston’s 16 Sister Cities are invited to choose a high school to represent their cities in the local contest. Westbury represented the Shenzhen (China) Sister City Association in the competition, and Bellaire was sponsored by the Chiba (Japan) Sister City Association. Taylor’s art teacher at Westbury is Harry McGinnis, and Jo Zider is Boynton’s teacher. All artwork in the competition is currently on display at the City Hall Visitor’s Center downtown on Walker Street and will remain there until the end of April.
Li Boynton and Mariah Taylor with the President of Houston Sister Cities, Ellen Goldberg