Top 10 GRPS Finalists, People’s Choice Winner Also Honored During Project 1


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 7, 2019 – A Grand Rapids junior’s artwork emphasizing the importance of public awareness in using more renewable energy has earned a $1,000 college scholarship and prominent display of her winning creation in downtown Grand Rapids as Project 1 by ArtPrize kicks off its inaugural year.

Cindy Mazariegos-Barrios’ piece, “We Are All In This Together,” was chosen by three professional judges as the top winner of the seventh annual SmartArt competition among Grand Rapids Public Schools’ high school students, sponsored by Consumers Energy.

Mazariegos-Barrios, who attends C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy, was first among the Top 10 finalists in the SmartArt (Students Making Art with a Renewable Theme) competition. The winners were announced today at Rosa Parks Circle as part of the opening ceremonies for Project 1 by ArtPrize.  Consumers Energy has been an ArtPrize sponsor since 2011.

Presenting the $1,000 scholarship check to Mazariegos-Barrios was Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer experience.

“In studying both the wonderful entries and their in-depth artist statements, it is clear these students understand the importance of renewable energy and its pivotal role in our future,” Youngdahl Snyder said.  “Their understanding mirrors our Clean Energy Plan and how important the public’s involvement is in joining our Clean Energy Movement. We need every home and business that we serve to be part of the solution.  Consumers Energy is partnering with the Michigan households and businesses we serve to save money, save energy and save the planet.  By 2030, with Michiganders’ help, we can avoid building three new power plants.”

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