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2/9/2011  
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Neighbor Appreciation Day art contest winners to receive awards
Students to be honored by Mayor McGinn and Councilmember OBrien on February 12
Dozens of events happening around the city to celebrate

February 9, 2011 (Seattle, WA) - In celebration of the 17th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day this Saturday, Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Councilmember Mike OBrien will honor the top 15 winners of the 2011 Neighbor Appreciation Day Student Art Contest. The awards ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Hamilton International Middle School in Seattle.

Neighbor Appreciation Day began in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate "a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other." Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentines Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day.

Neighbor Appreciation Day is a grassroots celebration. More than 50 public activities are happening around the city to recognize caring neighbors. For a listing, visit http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/events.htm.

Every year, Seattle students enter the art contest with drawings depicting what it means to be a good neighbor.  The 15 winners were selected out of nearly 600 entries. To view the winning artwork, visit http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/2011nadartwork.htm.  The artwork of the two first place winners, Grace Corsi, an 8th grader at Hamilton International Middle School, and Angel Corpuz, a 4th grader at Dunlap Elementary School adorns 13,000 Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting cards distributed for free at Neighborhood Service Centers, libraries, and community centers. An e-card can be sent by visiting http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/card.htm.

Here are the winners:

Gold Medal Award ($100 each)
Angel Corpuz, Dunlap Elementary School (Southeast Seattle neighborhood)
Grace Corsi, Hamilton International Middle School (Wallingford neighborhood)

Silver Award ($50 each)
Emily Gu, Roosevelt High School (Northeast Seattle neighborhood)
Margaux Daniel, John Hay Elementary (Magnolia neighborhood)
Julia Haworth, Catharine Blaine K-8 School (Magnolia neighborhood)
Natalie Simpson, Christ The King School (Northwest Seattle neighborhood)

Bronze Award ($25)
Chandra Burnham, Sanislo Elementary (Southwest Seattle neighborhood)
Clara Dixon, Hamilton International Middle School (Wallingford neighborhood)
Juliette Green, North Beach Elementary (Ballard neighborhood)
Amelia Jacobsen, Christ The King School (Ballard neighborhood)

Crystal Award (Art Supplies)
Page Victoria Robinson, Hamilton International Middle School (Wallingford neighborhood)
Stevie Lennartson, Christ The King School (North Seattle neighborhood)
Hannah Schubert, Catharine Blaine K-8 School (Magnolia neighborhood)
Brianna Nguyen, Holy Family Parish School (Southwest Seattle neighborhood)
T. Nelson, Christ The King School (Ballard neighborhood)

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provides programs and service that engage residents in civic participation, foster stronger communities, make government more accessible, and preserve and enhance the character of Seattles neighborhoods. 

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