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Santana Student Alia Perkins Wins District Jewelry Design Competition

Santee students dominated the contest again this year, with the grand prize winner getting their design brought to life.

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student Alia Perkins took home the grand prize at Golden Artistry’s Awards Night on May 3, beating out about 400 other GUHSD competitors to have her design brought to life.

The competition, hosted by Terry Whyte, Master Goldsmith of Golden Artistry in downtown La Mesa, is meant "to inspire artistic students to consider creative careers." This year's theme was "flight," in contrast to previous themes of "fire" and "water."

Santee students dominated the contest again this year- , and El Capitan and Santana took second and third.

Alexis Patterson and Ashley Charlton (last year's winner), of , took third and fourth place this year, and Karen Wolfe, of Santana High was a finalist.

The design by Perkins was created by Whyte using precious metals and gems and presented to the winner at the award night.

Each finalist was awarded a cash prize by Friends of East County Arts and a trophy by Golden Artistry.

Other awards included a “Believe and Achieve” Award given to Jamar Stuart of Steele Canyon High School and Helix Charter student Molly Wells received the Community’s Choice Award. 

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