First Place: Jessica Blazas (Jupiter, FL)
The man in my painting has the face of many unfortunate people in our society. It is inspiration for students like me to go out and change that face -- to serve the community to better themselves and others. I want my painting to act as a symbol to help students realize that by serving their community, they can make a difference.
Third Place: Forrest Aderholt (Allen, TX)
The dark low foreground represents fear and ignorance, this represents any disability that is misunderstood and therefore feared. The people are building a bridge over the darkness. They are purple and anonymous looking to represent how this effort can be made by both genders and all races of all nationalities. The building of the bridge then opens whatever has been caged, or the attitudes that have closed someone in. The open doors and increasingly colorful feathers that indicate something has now flown out to freedom and hope. All the colors above the bridge are bright and signify happiness. In the corners Earth and the Universe denote that this is a global issue and education about people with disabilities can have positive responses in all cultures.
Second Place: Giang Ngoc Nguyen (Boston, MA)
This is a [digital] drawing of a child who has cancer. It symbolizes the fact that an individual needs the help and care from the community. People often set their eyes on materialistic objects, but not a lot of people see things that they should actually care about. An open hand from each individual can become the greatest support for those who have cancer and for those who have unfortunate lives. It is not hard to do at all, each person contributes a little bit of care, a little bit of love, and it would be more than enough. Once everyone is together, we can surpass anything.