For the first time, The Parade Company selected a runner-up in addition to the First Place winner, and five students were awarded an Honorable Mention for their artistic work. Four of the five honorable mention winners are DPS students.
First Place: “Color Art Studio” by Robin Rice: 8th Grade, Warrendale Charter Academy
Runner-up: “Art Park” by Naomi Cook: 7th Grade, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies
Honorable Mention Winners
- “Candy Factory” by Andrea Hinojosa: 6th Grade, Clippert Academy
- “Bakery” by Christina Cervantez: 7th Grade, Clippert Academy
- “Zoo” by Eduardo Rojas: 4th Grade, Harms Elementary
- “Nature’s Way” by Salena Johnson: 6th Grade, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies
- “Zoo Town” by Lacey Hamilton: 6th Grade, Bates Academy
The winning design was unveiled at The Parade Company during a press conference on Monday, November 12, 2012. The first place winner enjoyed viewing her artwork MAGICALLY transformed into a larger-than-life float for America’s Thanksgiving Parade®. The winner will also ride on the float down the Woodward Avenue Parade route on Thanksgiving morning. The student will also receive a FREE Studio Tour and Pizza Lunch for her participating class.
Clippert student Lesley Nunez was the winner of the 2011 Skillman Foundation Float Design Contest. Her design was titled, “Community Garden, Better Living.”
The Skillman Foundation partnered with The Parade Company to help Detroit children attending a school or program within DPS, or a Detroit charter school, express his or her imagination and gain a greater interest in the arts by designing a float for America’s Thanksgiving Parade®.