SEDL Names Winners in National Student Art Contest

January 30, 2008
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

Lucy Wang, a 6th-grade student from Holmdel, New Jersey, is the grand prize winner in SEDL’s national student art contest. Wang’s colorful drawing, titled “Education Makes a Difference,” was one of 178 entries.

SEDL held the contest to celebrate the organization’s move into a new headquarters facility in Austin, Texas. The contest theme was “Education and My Future.”

“This contest reflects SEDL’s emphasis on education as critical to our future as individuals and as a society,” said SEDL President and CEO Wesley A. Hoover. “In our work with schools, communities, and state departments of education we strive for a bright future for all students, and the winning art work beautifully illustrates that future.”

The other winners are as follows:
Grades Pre-K–2
• First place – Wenyi Ouyang, 2nd grade, Highland Park, NJ
• Second place – Meagan Killian, 2nd grade, Whitehouse, TX
• Third place – Andrea Rhea, 2nd grade, Medford, OK

Grades 3–6
• First place – Tiffany Guo, 3rd grade, Hillsborough, NJ
• Second place – Katherine Liu, 4th grade, Saratoga, CA
• Third place – Mia King, 5th grade, Fairburn, GA

Grades 7–9
• First place – Alicia Feng, 8th grade, West Windsor, NJ
• Second place – Grace Li, 7th grade, Monmouth Junction, NJ
• Third place – Sean Underwood, 7th grade, Wichita Falls, TX

Grades 10–12
• First place – Athena Xie, 11th grade, Plainsboro, NJ
• Second place – Katelyn Dacus, 11th grade, Jacksonville, TX
• Third place – Arturo Hernandez, 11th grade, Dallas, TX

The artwork of the 13 student winners is on display in SEDL’s new building as well as online at Each winner’s school will receive $100 in commemoration of the student’s achievement.

About SEDL

SEDL (formerly Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) is a nonprofit corporation based in Austin, Texas. SEDL is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources, and professional development. For more information about SEDL, visit