Amy Chen's entry in the national Art of Dairy contest could win $20,000 for Lake Oswego High

Lake Oswego High School student Amy Chen needs your vote in the Art of Dairy contest. With help from her fellow art students, she has painted a life-size fiberglass cow that could win $20,000 for her school and $5,000 to use toward her college education.

Entrants in Lucerne's seventh annual Art of Dairy contest were required to neatly design, decorate and color a cow pictured on the entry form in a manner depicting the student's interpretation of how they feed off of America's ingenuity while showcasing their own creativity. They also had to include at least two Lucerne dairy products in the design.

Chen's design was selected as the regional finalist from more than 10,000 entries from high school artists in Oregon and southwest Washington.

'I submitted my entry last semester as a class assignment,' Chen said. 'The theme was American ingenuity, and I chose words and values of American culture and names of inventors to paint on my cow.'

After she was named a regional finalist by a special panel of judges, a fiberglass cow sculpture was sent to her school, along with $250 to be used for supplies to paint her design onto the cow. Chen said she sketched her design onto one side of the cow and then had friends paint the sketched designs while she sketched the second side. She titled her art project 'Imagine What Moo Can Do.'

Judging is based on originality and a tally of public votes. Chen needs the support of the community to win the competition.

'I hope they will vote for my cow,' she said.

The prizes are significant.

The grand prize winner will be awarded $20,000 for his or her school; also, the winning student and designated teacher will each be awarded $5,000.

The first prize is $5,000 for the school and $2,500 each for the student artist and the teacher.

The artist receiving an honorable mention will receive $1,000 and $1,000 for the designated teacher.

The remaining six finalists will receive $500 savings bonds.

Voting between the nine regional finalists will begin Monday and will continue until May 15. You can view all nine finalists online at Vote online at that address or by sending a text from a cellphone.

Chen is the contest finalist for region D. To vote for her cow using your cellphone, text 'cow4' to 77039.

Votes are limited to one per person or phone number for the entire voting period and are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the rules.

'Also any school in our region who submitted drawings but were not chosen can participate in a second chance drawing to win $5,000 for their school if we win the grand prize,' said LOHS art teacher Katie Brink. 'So if we win, then Lakeridge or West Linn or any other school in Oregon and southwest Washington can have a chance at winning $5,000 for their art department! Pretty cool!'

Winners will be announced on or about May 31.

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