Marcos de Niza students win top honors in 19th annual Valley Metro design contest

Valley Metro Winner 2019

Two Marcos de Niza students took top honors in the 19th annual Valley Metro Design a Transit Wrap Art competition.

Maggie Schira took second place, along with a $250 cash prize.

CeLyn Evens, a senior at Marcos de Niza, placed first and a $500 cash prize. Her design will also be featured on a Valley Metro bus and light rail train car for one year.

"The arts are near and dear to my heart," said Tempe City Councilman Joel Navarro, a former Padre himself. "I can't be more impressed with what we're doing here."

Accoridng to Valley Metro, 70 million people ride public transportation in the greater Phoenix area in one year. Of that, 30% are students.

"I'm so happy about this artwork," said Scott Smith, Valley Metro Transit System CEO. "Thousands of people, that's millions in a year, will get to see your artwork."

The bus with CeLyn's design will travel around the East Valley and in parts of Phoenix beginning in May 2019.

Valley Metro Winner 2019

CeLyn says she plans to continue her education in graphic design.

This is the second grand prize winner of the contest in the past 3 years from the Marcos de Niza Art Department, led by Reagan Guzman.

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