Our Cartoon Contest Winners!

Each year, California high school students from around the state submit their cartoons to our newest contest, our editorial cartoon contest. We encourage students to submit cartoons inspired by issues unique to California. This contest is a great way to encourage students to express themselves through creating political cartoons. Our winners receive cash prizes and have their artwork published by one of our partners, KQED’s The Lowdown.

The variety of cartoons we received this year was impressive and choosing just five winners was extremely tough! Many thanks to the 22 schools that participated: El Monte High School, Culver City High School, Herbert Hoover High School, Warren High School, Sacramento High School, Granada Hills Charter High School, Terra Linda High School, John F. Kennedy High School, NP3 Charter High School, Gerber Jr/Sr High School, Poway High School, Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School, Berkeley High School, American Canyon High School, Dinuba High School, North & South Torrance High School, Irvine High School, Richard Gahr High School, North Salinas High School, Gretchen Whitney High School, and Aspire Ollin University Prep High School. 

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And without further delay, the results:

Grand Prize Winner ($150)

Kai Henthorn-Iwane, 11th Grade

Berkeley High School 


Runners Up, in Alphabetical Order ($100 each) 

Brittany Almanza, 10th Grade

Poway High School 

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Immanoelle Espiritu, 9th Grade

Granada Hills Charter High School

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Kayla Kressin, 10th Grade

Poway High School

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Brandan Wong, 11th Grade

John F. Kennedy High School 

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Honorable Mentions, in alphabetical order

Ana Belcher, 10th Grade

Culver City High School 

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Stephen Carag, 11th Grade

Richard Gahr High School

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Brenda Nguyen, 12th Grade

Irvine High School 

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Finalists (in alphabetical order)

*we only published finalists who granted us permission

Esmeralda Benavidez, 12th Grade

Culver City High School 

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Daisy Gomez, 12th Grade

North Salinas High School 

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Katie Handler, 12th Grade

Culver City High School

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Mikaela Larecy, 11th Grade

South Torrance High School M. Larecy.jpg

Isaac Lee, 10th Grade

Gretchen Whitney High School 

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Bing Mo, 12th Grade

Torrance High School

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Elisa Ribordy, 9th Grade

Culver City High School

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Reina Robles, 10th Grade

Granada Hills Charter High School 

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Cole Rossi, 11th Grade

South High School 

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Alyssa Uyeda, 11th Grade

Culver City High School 

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American Canyon High School 

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Ana Wong, 10th Grade

Culver City High School 

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