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City recognizes student contest winners

CARLSBAD — The sights of smiling children were the scene for a recent City Council meeting. An buzz of excitement echoed inside the council chambers while official presentations were made. 

While the month of May marks National Historic Preservation Month, city officials also recognized the winners of a third-grade art contest who decorated their canvas material with historical Carlsbad imagery.

“Part of the City’s Historic Preservation Commission’s role is to share information and education about historic sites in Carlsbad,” said Suzanne Smithson, deputy library director for the city of Carlsbad and staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission. “This is done in several ways including the Historic Preservation Month Proclamation and highlighting local historic sites as depicted by local students; both remind the Carlsbad community of its own historic sites that contribute to our excellent quality of life.”

This year, seven Carlsbad schools took part in the contest.

Smithson pointed out that each school was responsible for scheduling their field trips to visit a particular historical site. For those who chose Magee House and Magee Park, Smithson said, the Carlsbad Historical Society was available to provide docent instruction and tours.

This curricular activity is part of the California State Education History and Social Science Standards. For third-graders, the overall experience embraces the community and its history.

“Third-graders across Carlsbad study its early settlement, growth and development in various formats,” Smithson said. “To add a creative emphasis to their learning, they are invited to create a piece of art depicting their own chosen historic site.”

Smithson shared that this year’s National Historic Preservation Month theme was named “Discover America’s Hidden Gems.” Its goal, she said, was to ensure that the nation’s treasures would be protected for future generations to come.

For Carlsbad, the art contest enabled students to establish a closer link to their community while uncovering special historical tidbits.

The artwork submitted varied from paintings and pastels to pencil drawings.

Smithson wants people to know that each year their Historic Preservation Commissioners are impressed by the caliber of the art pieces.

Throughout the years, the feedback that Smithson has received regarding this art contest has been extremely positive and complimentary. Smithson said that parents are excited to have their children acknowledged for their talents by the mayor and city council members.

“On top of that, their art is displayed for the summer at the Cole Library for library patrons to enjoy, allowing community members to also learn about the historic places in their own backyard,” she said. “Many young artists appreciate and need this encouragement to thrive and further grow their skills.”


Aviara Oaks Katrina Dang

Aviara Oaks Anja LeTellier

Aviara Oaks Brisa Zayas-Vargas


Buena Vista Micah Davidson

Buena Vista Jerica Lim

Buena Vista Candace Lin Hope


Hope Ellie Alexander

Hope Evan Clarke

Hope Josh Wagoner


Kelly Claire Paparisto

Kelly Hannah Spencer

Kelly Michael Wei


Magnolia Maxwell Davis

Magnolia Trever Holmgren


Pacific Rim Hanna Connet

Pacific Rim Srijita Ghosh

Pacific Rim Nick Skrable

Pacific Rim Allie Tanita


Poinsettia Jason Guerrero

Poinsettia Madeleine Miyamoto

Poinsettia Jared Porter

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