Dakota Gavin, senior, with his artwork, Glorifica.
Senior Dakota Gavin has received a $3,000 award for his artwork entitled Glorifica, which honors Cher Ami, a carrier pigeon who saved the lives of 194 American soldiers during World War I. Gavin says he has always been fascinated by World War I, particularly with the animals who served alongside the brave men and women on the battlefield.
The award comes from the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, which hosts a yearly national art competition called the ArtEffect Project. Students create an original art piece that celebrates an unsung hero, and submit it for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $15,500. Gavin was awarded Best in Show for the high school division, which is the highest honor for that group.
Gavin is studying Advanced Placement Studio Art 2D. His work is currently on display at the high school library.