VERIZON LONG DISTANCE ANNOUNCES ESTE ES MI MEXICO NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ART CONTEST...

VERIZON LONG DISTANCE ANNOUNCES ESTE ES MI MEXICO NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ART CONTEST WINNERS

Mexican government to welcome grand prize winners to Mexico City


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IRVING, Texas–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 11, 2002–Twenty-one children from across the country and Canada will travel to Mexico City this month as winners of Sixth Annual Este Es Mi Mexico children’s art contest sponsored by Verizon Long Distance.

The contest encouraged children ages 7-13 to express their views of Mexico’s culture, history and traditions through art. Almost 10,000 entries were submitted to Mexican Consulates and trade offices in the U.S. The theme of the contest was “Mitos y Leyendas—Myths and Legends.”

During the Nov. 9-13 trip, the winners and their guests will visit museums, the pyramids at Teotihuacán and Chapultepec Castle, among other landmarks in Mexico. Upon arrival, officials from Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs department will greet the children and later the young artists will be introduced at a press conference in Mexico City.

“The partnership between Verizon Long Distance and the Mexican government created a vehicle to reach children of all ethnic backgrounds and raise awareness about the Mexican culture in the United States,” said Angela Ruiz of Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

Children submitted their drawings at various Verizon Long Distance sponsored events and locations like the KinderVision Kids Fair in Los Angeles, the Dallas Children’s Museum and the Caribbean Cultural Center in New York. Verizon Long Distance offered additional opportunities to students by inviting them to participate in the contest at their schools.

“This contest encourages children to be creative and foster pride and understanding in the rich culture and history of Mexico,” said Alejandra Martinez, Verizon Hispanic Marketing Manager. “Verizon values diversity in the workplace and in the communities we serve by supporting activities such as this wonderful art contest for children.”

The 2002 art contest was open to children in U.S. and Canada. They were asked to submit a 9”x 12” or 12” x 12” drawing in any medium illustrating a Mexican myth or legend. A panel of judges from the National Fine Arts Institute of Mexico (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes) selected the winners.

The winning artwork will be showcased in a traveling exhibit that will begin in Mexico and tour the 42 U.S. Mexican Consulates.

The 2002 winners are:

Name State Age

Cristina Canchola TX 7

Roberto Angel Sánchez TX 7

Veronica Cervantes CA 7

Guadalupe Rascon AZ 8

Juliana Fernandez AZ 8

Alejandro Vida CA 8

Oscar Chamberlain AZ 9

Diego Camposeco Carlos NC 9

Karla Gabriela Diaz Hernández GA 9

Yesenia Andazola Reyes AZ 10

Jesús Joaquín Figueroa AZ 10

Ruby Aviles AZ 11

Isamar Martínez TX 11

Daniel Garcia CA 11

Omar Torres Villegas FL 12

Andrea Guadalupe Arambula CA 12

Sandra Elizabeth León IL 12

Lucia Lauteria Peralta TX 12

Paola Berenice Canada 12

Rodrigo Montoya Ortíz IL 13

Jessica Angelica Torres IL 13

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CONTACTS:

Lizette Carbajal/Maria Gomez

La Agencia de Orcí

310-444-7300

VERIZON LONG DISTANCE ANNOUNCES ESTE ES MI MEXICO NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ART CONTEST WINNERS