The Exhibit A Family Court Art Challenge is an annual event supported through a partnership between the Ninth Circuit’s Family Court and Orange County Public Schools. Each year, students are given the opportunity to express themselves through the creation of a special piece of art that represents what that year’s theme means to them. The students’ artwork is judged in four categories by age group: elementary (K-2), elementary (3-5), middle and high school, with awards given to first, second, and third place winners, as well as one or two additional honorable mentions. First place winners remain on display in the lobby of the Thomas S. Kirk Juvenile Justice Center.

Our theme for 2021, “I love my hometown because…”, asked students to illustrate the aspects of their hometowns that make them smile, and over 200 students from 29 different schools submitted artwork based on their interpretations of the challenge. Some considered the wildlife and natural scenery, while others thought of our local amusement parks and attractions, but what they all had in common was a deep love for the towns they’re growing up in.

Elementary School – Grades K-2
  • First Place - Elsie Bui, 1st grade, Deerwood Elementary
  • Second Place - Aria Srichaiyan, Kindergarden, Deerwood Elementary
  • Third Place - Rylan Hill, 2nd grade, Baldwin Park Elementary
  • Honorable Mention - Lucas Palacio, 2nd grade, Baldwin Park Elementary
  • Honorable Mention - Jase Hurt, 1st grade, Deerwood Elementary
Elementary School – Grades 3-5
  • First Place - Mekena Glass, 3rd grade, Baldwin Park Elementary
  • Second Place - Jeremiah King, 5th grade, Maxey Elementary
  • Third Place - Kyron Rolle, 5th grade, Maxey Elementary
  • Honorable Mention - Ashley Lassiter, 5th grade, Independence
  • Honorable Mention - Sherline Garcia, Castellanos, 5th grade School: Maxey Elementary
Middle School
  • First Place - Estolena Bazelais, 6th grade, Memorial Middle School
  • Second Place - Ethan Wu, 8th grade, Lake Nona Middle School
  • Third Place - Jovany Dera, 7th grade, Westridge Middle School
  • Honorable Mention - Diego Prato Soto, 8th grade, Memorial Middle School
  • Honorable Mention - Maki Scott, 8th grade, Memorial Middle School
High School
  • First Place - Lina Li Grade, 12th grade, Windermere High School
  • Second Place - Arden Yu Grade, 10th grade, Dr. Phillips High School
  • Third Place - Lanaya Celestin, 10th grade, Colonial High School
  • Honorable Mention - Hannah Na, 10th grade, Dr. Phillips High School
  • Honorable Mention - Sarah Chung, 11th grade, University High School
  • Honorable Mention - Taysia Pierre-Paul, 12th grade, Project Compass
Exhibit A: Family Court Art Challenge
Orange County
Phone: 407.8367511