Centreville student wins statewide youth art contest

July 03, 2018

Contact: NOVEC Public Relations, 1-888-335-0500, communications@novec.com


MANASSAS, Va. — Anika Karnam, the 9-year-old daughter of Raghav and Sanchita Karnam of Centreville, Virginia, has won “Best of Show” in the Cooperative Living magazine’s 2018 Youth Art Contest. The Karnams and the parents of four other winning artists are members of Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, NOVEC.

Karnam, a rising fourth grader at Centreville Elementary School, used colored pencils to create her winning entry. It depicts herself snorkeling among tropical fish and coral.

“Anika has loved snorkeling ever since we took family vacations to St. Lucia and Barbados,” explained her mother.

Staff members at the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives, publisher of Cooperative Living, judged entries from more than 200 student artists throughout Virginia. The judges selected 15 winners in kindergarten through fifth grade, including the five Northern Virginia students.


“Our judges knew they had a Best-in-Show winner when they saw Anika’s detailed submission,” said Cooperative Living Editor Bill Sherrod, who noted that her younger sister was a grade winner in the 2017 contest.

“We started the Youth Art Contest to encourage youthful creativity and give kids a chance to show their art to the magazine’s 1.25 million readers,” Sherrod explained.


Best In Show

3rd grader Anika Karnam, Centreville

First Grade

1st Place – Esther Yun, South Riding
3rd Place – Marcos Gisone, Ashburn

Second Grade

3rd Place – Cameron Paik, Chantilly

Fourth Grade

3rd Place – Catelyn Weimeister, Centreville

About Cooperative Living Magazine

The Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives publishes and distributes Cooperative Living to electric co-op readers throughout Virginia 10 times a year. For more information, visit www.co-opliving.com.




NOVEC, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is a not-for-profit electric utility corporation that supplies and distributes electricity and energy-related services to approximately 160,000 metered customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Clarke counties, the Town of Clifton, and the City of Manassas Park. It is one of the largest electric companies of its kind in the nation.  For more information, visit www.novec.com or call 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500.

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