10 June 2019

2019 Portland Farmers Market Reusable Bag Contest Winner Announced

Grant High School Student’s Artwork Selected for 2019 Portland Farmers Market Reusable Bag

Students from Jesuit and Wilson also honored

PORTLAND, Ore. – June 10, 2019 – Portland Farmers Market and COUNTRY Financial® announced Grant High School student Sasha Colon as the winner of the 2019 Portland Farmers Market Reusable Bag Design Contest. Colon’s original artwork was printed on over 1,000 canvas bags that were unveiled and distributed to market goers on Saturday, June 8 at the PSU Farmers Market.  Colon also received a $2,000 scholarship from COUNTRY Financial.

 

From left to right: Portland Farmers Market Executive Director Trudy Toliver, first place winner Sasha Colon, and COUNTRY Financial Agency Manager Richard Lucas.

Ezra Scriven from Wilson High School earned second place and a $1,000 scholarship, while Astra Medeiros from Jesuit High School earned third place and a $500 scholarship. Zasu Hostetter Smith, a sophomore at Wilson High School won the People’s Choice Award vote and was presented with a $250 scholarship.

From left to right: COUNTRY Financial Agency Manager Richard Lucas, Portland Farmers Market Executive Director Trudy Toliver (holding the 3rd place design), Sasha Colon, Ezra Scriven, and Zasu Hostetter Smith. Not pictured: Astra Medeiros.

 

The winning submission by Grant High School student Sasha Colon.

Over one hundred Portland-area high school students submitted original artwork in the ninth annual bag design contest. Students were encouraged to think green and use inspiration from the theme “Growing a Green Future” in their design submissions.

“Sasha is so talented, hardworking and earnest; she truly earned this win with her beautiful work,” said Melody Rockwell, visual arts teacher at Grant High School. ”Contests like this are an amazing opportunity to let our young artists shine and see their work out in the world.”

Portland Farmers Market and COUNTRY Financial present the annual bag design contest each spring. Students interested in submitting for 2020 should speak to their school’s art teacher or visit https://www.countryfinancial.com/en/about-us/country-in-your-community.html for updates.

 

About COUNTRY Financial®

The COUNTRY Financial® group (www.countryfinancial.com) serves about one million households and businesses throughout the United States. It offers a wide range of financial products and services from auto, home, business and life insurance to retirement planning services, investment management and annuities.

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