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Local Students Design Taxi-Tops, Win Money for Schools

By Erin Meyering
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Whittlesea taxis with the winning student-designed taxi tops. Photo: EDAWN

The EDAWN Non-Profit Foundation and Washoe County School District (WCSD) recently announced the winners of the “Design a Taxi-Top” competition in northern Nevada. Winning schools were McQueen and North Valleys High Schools, and Nancy Gomes Elementary School and Mount Rose K-8 School of Languages.

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McQueen student artist with first place taxi-top design. Photo: EDAWN

Each winning school received a check for $1,000 from the EDAWN Foundation to go towards classroom art supplies. The winning designs will also be displayed on a taxi top for the next year. The winning taxi-top designs were unveiled on taxis parked curbside at the WCSD administration building.

McQueen High School was selected as the first place winner by a judging panel of various community members in the high school category and North Valleys High School was awarded second and third place honors for their students’ entries.
  • First place winning entry depicts the snow-capped mountains and displays “LOVE RENO”. This design incorporated a golden Nevada sunset and depictions of local mountains.
  • Second and third place winning entries highlighted the many events the region has to offer, from Hot August Nights to the Reno Championship Air Races.
Nancy Gomes Elementary School won first place in the elementary school category and second place went to Mount Rose K-8 School of Languages. Each of these schools also received a check for $1,000.
  • The first place winning entry theme, “Nevada,” conveys great colors and use of distinctive Nevada imagery.  This entry was created with a spectrum of crayon colors.
  • The second place winner hosts a beautiful depiction of area mountains and sky with “BELIEVE” in large letters atop the mountains.
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Student and parent for first place elementary school taxi-top design. Photo: EDAWN

Washoe County School District’s K-12 students showcased designs aimed at improving the image of the community as “A Great Place to Live, Work, and Play.”

“We are so proud to take part in this great campaign sponsored by the EDAWN Foundation,” said WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis. “One of the most important parts of our community is our schools, and we are happy that our students’ artwork will be displayed throughout our area. This is a wonderful way to help all of us focus on what makes Washoe County a great place to live, work, and go to school, and we are thrilled that our students were able to participate in this campaign in such a meaningful way.”
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