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Florida Derby Art Contest Winner Announced
Mollyanna Lemalu, an eighth grade student at Gulfstream Middle School, was recently named winner of the Florida Derby Art Contest.
The inaugural Florida Derby Art Contest was open to all students at nearby Gulfstream Middle School. The students were asked to celebrate the histories of Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream Park and the Florida Derby while capturing the spirit of Thoroughbred racing.
Lemalu's winning image combines Hallandale's and Gulfstream's past with the iconic Hallandale Beach water tower along with Thoroughbreds and Dolphins, the school's mascot. Jada Walker was awarded the second prize while Ryan Roe was third. Lemalu will receive an iPad while Walker and Roe will receive iPods.
Collette Williams, a reading teacher who supervised the contest, said, "These contestants worked really hard to create the drawing that is not only a true representation of their school but their community as well."
Brian Kingsley, principal of Gulfstream Middle School and recognized recently as Principal of the Year in Broward County, said, "We are tremendously dependent upon strong business partnerships and corporate partnerships. Knowing that our city and Gulfstream Park are willing and able to partner with a school is absolutely outstanding. There is so much more than horse racing that takes place at Gulfstream Park."
"The inaugural Florida Derby Art Contest was a great success," said Gulfstream President Tim Ritvo. "The commitment of the teachers, students and staff at Gulfstream Middle School was incredible and the art work produced was extraordinary. We hope to make this an annual event and expand it every year to continue our commitment to the local community."
The winners will be recognized Saturday during Florida Derby Day by Mayor Joy Cooper and Gulfstream's VP of Regulatory Affairs Jan Hansen.