Newport News Student Wins Virginia Lottery Art Contest

Sahasra Vishwanathan. Photo Courtesy: Virginia Lottery

A second-grade student at Kiln Creek Elementary School in Newport News won the Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher Art Contest!

Sahasra Vishwanathan’s artwork was chosen out of nearly 1,000 entries to the contest, according to the Virginia Lottery.

The Virginia Lottery chose artwork from an elementary, middle and high school student to be featured on thank you noted that will be distributed to teachers across the state for National Teacher Appreciation Week 2018.

Photo Courtesy: Virginia Lottery

Sahasra was surprised at school on March 28 with a $150 gift card and $1,000 for her school’s art department. She will also be at the Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher campaign kickoff event later this spring.

“Kiln Creek Elementary is very fortunate to have Sahasra as a member of our community,” said Kiln Creek Elementary Principal Ann P. Shoemaker in a press release. “She is an extremely talented artist. She also submitted entries in the PTA Reflections contest and placed in visual arts, photography, literature and dance.”

According to the Virginia Lottery, the Thank a Teacher Art Contest winners were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of representatives of Virginia’s arts community, including:

  • Laura Armentrout, Arts in Education Committee Chair, Virginia PTA
  • Stephanie Fedor, Executive Director, Visual Arts Center of Richmond
  • Amber Kuper, 2013 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher (Chesterfield County art teacher).