LOS ANGELES, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Congratulations are in order for three California public high school seniors recently named as the winners of the second annual "Education for All" photography scholarship contest, a collaboration between the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) and Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP (F3). Charles Polkand Lawrence Sims, both of the Antelope Valley Union High School District, and Sonia Vasquez of the Vista Unified School District will each receive a $1,000 scholarship for their winning entries in the "Education for All" student photography contest.
High school seniors from across the state were invited to submit photographs depicting three central themes in an educational setting: Diversity, Collaboration, and Achievement. In addition to their photographs, student artists were required to submit a short essay explaining how their work illustrated the thematic focus of the contest. CAAASA leaders assessed these submissions according to originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The purpose of this contest is to promote student achievement, public education's commitment to the arts and a rounded education and to assist public high school graduates with the increasing costs of higher education.
"These three winners' abilities to convey concepts both visually and linguistically exceeded our expectations," said CAAASA Executive Director Dwight Bonds. "In addition to helping student artists hone their aesthetic focus, we wanted to see them articulate this focus. The ability to effectively communicate will help them in their future educational and professional endeavors."
"It seemed only natural that we would include a photography contest to our firm's Celebrate Success Scholarship Series," said F3 Partner Howard Fulfrost, pictured above with Quartz Hill High SchoolCharles Polk. "Our mission is to help our clients achieve their mission. Student growth and achievement is at the heart of everything that our clients work toward. In order to help advance this goal, we offer four scholarships in our Celebrate Success Series, including the Going Green! Golden Bell Award, the Why Education Matters essay contest, and the Celebrate Success art scholarship."
"Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost is the model for an excellent private- and public-sector partnership. Assisting districts by offering scholarships and support to our students is right on target. We are most grateful for their support," says Mr. Bonds.