PARKLAND, FL- Sixteen-year-old Sophomore Stoneman Douglas student Natalie Szkwarek won 1st place in the 9-12th grade division of the 2020 Orange Bowl Creative Art Contest. The contest is open to all K-12 students in the Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.

The Orange Bowl Creative Art Contest focuses on a different theme each year. This year the theme was "Unity & Love in the Community." 

"I enjoy having a creative outlet to express unique ideas," shared Szkwarek. 

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Szkwarek's art teacher, Jacqueline Lieberman, encouraged Szkwarek to enter an art contest by sending her different opportunities. The Orange Bowl Art Contest appealed to Szkwarek the most. 

In describing her first place artwork, Szkwarek said, "the inspiration stems from the contest theme and mascot of the organization. My entry includes imagery of how the Orange bowl brings Florida football fans together."

For her win, Szkwarek won a $200 Nike gift card, and her name is featured on the Orange Bowl website.

"I'm so proud of Natalie, she is an extremely talented student who is passionate about art," said Lieberman. "She (also) won 2nd place in the voting poster contest recently. Her dedication to her art is commendable."

"Natalie is a hard-working student who excels in art. I'm very proud of her accomplishments," added Randee Lombard, Szkwarek's art teacher. 

Szkwarek looks forward to continuing to create art in the future and pursue opportunities to utilize her ability.


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