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The third annual Youth Poster Contest awards ceremony was held on May 18 at RileyStreet Art Supply in San Rafael. Students, parents, teachers and event partners packed the venue to celebrate the participants and winners. The event featured 21 finalists and the winners in the various categories. $2,500 in prizes were awarded to the students, including a matching gift of equal amounts to their schools. Pictured (above, top) is Samantha Elegant, Redwood High School, first place winner in the 12-14 year old category and (above, bottom) River Evison-Behrman, Marin School of the Arts, a finalist in the 15-18 year old category.


The contest received a total of 235 entries from 11 high schools and 17 middle schools in Marin County. Students, ages 12-18, were asked to create art that spoke to social issues important to them. Poster themes included social justice, women’s rights, immigration, discrimination, climate change and firearms regulation. The posters will be exhibited at the Marin County Fair, July 3-7, at the fairgrounds in San Rafael. Pictured (above, top) is Tiki Win, The Branson School, first place in the 15-18 year old category, (above, middle) Andrea Flores, Drake High School, winner of the Producer’s Award and (above, bottom, left to right) MarinLink’s Mary O’Mara, contest and event producer Bruce Burtch and Carole Mills, district representative for California State Sen. Mike McGuire.  -Photos courtesy of Art Poster Contest


Commercial and residential Realtors of the North Bay  and their affiliates (above) enjoyed the 12th annual Kickball Showdown on May 17 at McInnis Park in San Rafael. The event raises money for local nonprofits. For the past two year,  Next Generation Scholars of San Rafael has been the beneficiary with a new total raised for local youth of more than $148,000. Next Generation Scholars provides low-income students in Marin with year-round academic programming and social services to access and successfully complete college.  -Photo courtesy of Next Generation Scholars

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