Anti-graffiti posters on display at Gilroy City Hall

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The Gilroy City Council recognized local students Monday night
who are trying use their own artwork to combat graffiti. Ten local
artists, ranging from grades 1 through 11, showed off posters they
designed under the themes

Families United Against Graffiti

and

Families for a Beautiful Gilroy.

The Gilroy City Council recognized local students Monday night who are trying use their own artwork to combat graffiti.

Ten local artists, ranging from grades 1 through 11, showed off posters they designed under the themes “Families United Against Graffiti” and “Families for a Beautiful Gilroy.”

In all, 80 posters were submitted.

The winning posters will be displayed in City Hall’s interior hallway from Wednesday to Jan. 31 at 7351 Rosanna Street.

Representatives from the City of Gilroy Recreation Department, City of Gilroy Police Department and the Gilroy Chapter of the National Family Week Committee presented the awards to the students Monday.

The Gilroy Rotary Club, the Gilroy Gang Task Force and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were monetary sponsors.

Councilwoman Cat Tucker called the program “wonderful.”

“It was a great partnership,” she said.

Tucker said the poster contest’s impact was two-fold. It allowed students to become advocates for not doing graffiti as they grow older and also afforded them an opportunity to express themselves artistically.

“I hope we can do these things to continue to engage the community in a positive way,” she said.

Gilroy Police Chief Denise Turner said she hoped people would see the posters and be aware of alternatives to graffiti in the city.

“When I saw the posters, it made my skin tingle,” Turner said.

2011 Young Artists Poster Contest “Judges Favorites”

Category 1 – Grades K – 1:

Gabrielle Clarke, 1st Grade – St. Mary School

Category 2 – Grade 2:

McKenzie Colbert, 2nd Grade – Luigi Aprea School

Mateo Pulido, 2nd Grade – Antonio Del Buono School

Category 3 – Grades 3 – 4:

Madeline Clarke, 3rd Grade – St. Mary School

Julia Davis, 4th Grade – Las Animas School

Category 4 – Grades 5 – 8:

Melinda Colbert, 5th Grade – Rucker School

Matthew Colbert, 6th Grade – Solorsano Middle School

Category 5 – Grades 9 – 12:

Matthew Bautista, 10th Grade – Christopher High School

DJ Campos, 11th Grade – Christopher High School

Casey Eads, 11th Grade – Christopher High School

Four artists were also chosen to have their posters professionally printed, based on outstanding design elements and depiction of the theme:

Matthew Colbert, 6th Grade – Solorsano Middle School

DJ Campos, 11th Grade – Christopher High School

Casey Eads, 11th Grade – Christopher High School

Nicole Martinez, 11th Grade – Christopher High School

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