The winning poster.  Photo by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club.

The winning poster. Photo by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club.

From a Maryland Jockey Club release

Kayla Nicole Johnson, a 12th grader at Western High School, is the grand prize winner of the 15th annual Preakness Portraits Youth Art Contest.

Students from nine Baltimore City area schools, grades K through 12, were invited to create artwork showing the significance of the Preakness to Maryland history, while capturing the spirit of Thoroughbred racing. The artwork had to include Preakness-related images.

As the winner of “The Jewel”, the best artwork for grades 5 through 12, Johnson receives box seating for four to the May 17 Preakness, artwork autographed by this year’s Preakness winners and a $250 gift certificate, which she received at today’s award ceremony.

“The Junior Jewel”, the best artwork for grades K through 4, went to 10 year old Kevin Taylor, a 3rd grader from Cross Country Elementary School. Taylor received a $100 gift certificate at today’s award ceremony.

This year there were a record number of entries so two additional categories were added. The Reserve Junior Jewel and the Reserve Jewel. Each winner received a $50 gift certificate.

All the artwork can be seen at Pimlico Race Course in the first floor grandstand through June 7.

Participating schools:

  • Arlington Elementary/Middle
  • ConneXions School for the Arts
  • Cross Country Elementary/Middle
  • Edgecombe Circle Elementary/Middle
  • Fallstaff Elementary/Middle
  • Hampden Elementary/Middle
  • Mt. Washington Elementary/Middle
  • Pimlico Elementary/Middle
  • Western High