Aaliyah Sevajian, Pasadena High School; First place ages 14 -18


Aaliyah Sevajian, Pasadena High School; First place ages 14 -18

PASADENA, Calif. (October 30, 2021) – Today, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® announced winners of the second annual Día de los Muertos art competition in partnership with: Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions; Baja Ranch Markets; The Lucille & Edward R. Roybal Foundation; Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles; The Paleta Cart Party; Pasadena Police Foundation and My Cajita.

“When it comes to traditions, festivities and flowers – we get the appeal!” said Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller. “As an organization that’s all about a rose, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses can appreciate that the Día de los Muertos marigold holds such a prestigious place in this 3,000-year-old celebration, that originated in Mexico.”

The submissions showcased the traditions of Día de los Muertos and artistic talent in numerous art forms, including drawing, face painting, poetry and more. We would like to thank our art competition judges for their time in viewing more than 300 entries: Chad Augustin – Fire Chief, City of Pasadena; Honorable Berlinda Brown – Pasadena City College, Area 3 Trustee; Elvia Cano – Public Information Officer, LAUSD, Local District East; Marcela Celorio, Consul General, Mexican Embassy of Los Angeles Diana Gonzalez – Vice President, Deodate, Honorable Tyron Hampton – City of Pasadena Councilman, District 1; Theresa Martinez – CEO/President, Community Connection LLC; Dr. Brian McDonald -Superintendent, Pasadena Unified School District; Veronica Melvin – CEO/President, LA Promise Fund; Ramon Miramontes, Chair Honorary Host Committee; Robin Salzer, President – San Rafael Neighborhood Association and Crystal Torres – Board Director, Lucile & Edward R. Roybal Foundation.

More than $5,000 in scholarships and cash awards were presented in three age categories. Cash awards will be presented in the 4-8 and 9-13 age categories. Scholarships will be presented in the 14 to 18 age category.

Winners of the 2022 Tournament of Roses Día de los Muertos art competition:

Age Group: 4-8 years

First: Mandy Koo, Third Street Elementary.

Second: Avery Cardella, Sierra Madre Elementary

Third: Kimberly Nunez, City of Angels.

Honorable Mention: Tiffany

Honorable Mention: Paxton Lee, Eugene Field Elementary School.

Honorable Mention: Valentina Miramontes, La Crescenta Elementary School.

Honorable Mention: Larissa Campos

Honorable Mention: A. Godiaez, Montague Charter.

Honorable Mention: Kingston Liu

Honorable Mention: Sergei Megrikyan, Don Benito School.

Age Group: 9-13 years

First: Destiny Castellanos, Palms Middle School.

Second: Knight Del Castillo

Third: Katie Chiang

Honorable Mention: Sebastian Tejada

Honorable Mention: Petra Daly, Palms Middle School.

Honorable Mention: Bruktayt Worku, Palms Middle School.

Honorable Mention: Arianne Chao, All Souls School.

Honorable Mention: Areli Sanchez, Palms Middle School.

Honorable Mention: Karla Marquez

Honorable Mention: Paula Perez, Young Oak Kim Academy.

Age Group 14-18 years

First: Aaliyah Sevajian, Pasadena High School.

Second: Ariana Sandoval, Lawndale High School.

Third: Laura Villarreal

Honorable Mention: Itzel Huerta, Whitney High School.

Honorable Mention: Riley Kidder, Herbert Hoover High School.

Honorable Mention: Lesley Del Cid, Leuzinger High School.

Honorable Mention: Janae Ramirez, Renaissance High School of the Arts.

Honorable Mention: Elena Albizurez

Honorable Mention: Lexie Montoya, Leuzinger High School.

Honorable Mention: Jamie Hernandez, Hawthorne High School.

Feliz Día de los Muertos from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

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