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Budding Artists and Journalists are Winners in the Solana Beach Skatepark Challenge

Four budding video documentarians and five young artists took home the top prizes in the Solana Beach Skatepark Pre-opening Challenge.

The challenge, sponsored by the Solana Beach Civic & Historical Society and Surfride, invited 6th, 7th and 8th graders who attend schools in the city to compete in two contests — no helmets required.

One — create artwork for a skateboard deck that conveys the importance of the new skatepark to the community and the athletes who will use it, as well as the importance of its location in La Colonia de Eden Gardens, Solana Beach’s first neighborhood.

Or, two — develop a video documentary on the long history of the skatepark, from idea to the grand opening on Saturday, April 27.

In the video category, Cleo Krems, a Skyline School 6th grader, took home the $250 first place prize. A team of Earl Warren Middle School 8th graders each earned $100 runners-up prizes — Danika Blease, Tanner Phillips and Robert Schmidling.

In the deck design competition, Camden Cassara, a 7th grader at Earl Warren, was the first place winner. Runners-up were Avery Austin, Lauren Prior and Kathryn Reese, all also 7th graders at Earl Warren, as well as Cristina Milne, in grade 7 at Saint James Academy. Each received $100 prizes.

Contest judges also awarded $50 special recognition prizes to two more Earl Warren 7th graders: Dylan Flynn, for his clever photo montage deck art that incorporated some of Solana Beach’s iconic curved rooflines, and Eli Shiah, for a catchy skatepark tagline: “Where the ride meets the tide.”

Challenge judges culled through more than 50 entries to choose the winners. The judging panel included:

  • City Council representatives Jewel Edson and Judy Hegenauer
  • Linda Swindell of the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Dane Barry of Surfride, which donated $500 in gift cards as prizes
  • Micaela Rameriz, founder of the Poseidon Foundation and a member of the Skateboarding Olympic Committee
  • Aric Dohm, a skateboard graphic artist and former skateboard manufacturer
  • Zach Dowdy, also an artist and founder of Typical Culture
  • Heather Hough, a student and volunteer at the La Colonia Community Center Boys and Girls Club garden
    And several members of the Board of Directors of the Solana Beach Civic & Historical Society.

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