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Teacher credits SW gardens and farmers markets for artistic design inspiration

Two Wilson High School students took top honors in a competition to design canvas bags sponsored by the Portland Farmers Market. Ezra Scriven, a sophomore at Wilson, earned second place and a $1,000 scholarship in the 2019 Portland Farmers Market Reusable Bag Design Contest. Zasu Hostetter Smith, also a sophomore at Wilson, won the People's Choice Award vote and a $250 scholarship. The winning design was unveiled and distributed to market goers on Saturday, June 8, at the PSU Farmers Market. Sasha Colon of Grant High School won the competition and received a $2,000 scholarship from Country Financial.

Over 100 Portland-area high school students submitted original artwork in the 9th annual bag design contest. Students were encouraged to think green and take inspiration from the theme "Growing a Green Future" in their design submissions.

"Many Wilson students grow up going to farmers markets, and many also have gardens at home," said Marie Pearson, art teacher at Wilson High School whose students have won the contest in the past. "Creating artwork for the Portland Farmers Market speaks to community values that resonate with my students."


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