PARKLAND, FL- Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Christine Yared has been selected as one of ten finalists for the Local 10 News Earth Day Art Competition. Yared joins nine other finalists from around the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area nominated by their school for artwork created with an environmental theme in honor of Earth Day. The ten finalists will be voted on by the general public, and the winner will receive $4,500 towards art supplies at their school. 

Yared's art is called "Honeybee," and includes the following written description;

"A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers a day, allowing for the growth of grains, vegetables and almost all of the world’s nutrition. With Earth Day coming up, we should take a moment to appreciate all that bees do for us and realize the worldwide bee colony collapse. Common sense actions can protect the world’s bees and reduce human produced elements like pesticides, air pollution and global warming: Banning harmful pesticides and restoring ecological agriculture. The more people supporting the movement, the more shift toward changes that can help preserve a species that preserve the way we live. This piece reflects the vital role that bees play in human life."

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Yared's teacher, Jacquelene Lieberman, is thrilled with her student's artistic effort. "Christine is an outstanding art student who has exhibited her art at the Coral Springs Museum of Art," said Lieberman. "Her attention to detail in her artwork is exceptional. I'm very proud of her for this piece. She used a photo transfer technique combined with colored pencils. Her piece is inspired by the importance of bees."

Online voting to support Yared's entry is open now until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. To see the ten art finalists and support Christine Yared's "Honeybee," visit the Local 10 News page.