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Eight other Northern Virginia students place

MANASSAS, Va. — Hanlin Zhang, the 10-year-old daughter of Jing and Catherine Zhang of Vienna, Virginia, has earned “Best in Show” honors in Cooperative Living magazine’s 2017 Youth Art Contest.

The rising fifth grader at Vienna’s Flint Hill Elementary School used colored pencils to create her winning entry of a Dalmatian puppy. Cooperative Living features a photo of Zhang and her drawing on the July magazine cover.

For the 15th annual contest, open to kindergarten through fifth-grade students in Virginia and part of Tennessee, young artists were asked to illustrate something about “animals.” More than 425 students entered the competition. Nine of the 19 winners, including, Zhang, live in Northern Virginia, where Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) provides electricity.  

“We received drawings of everything from butterflies to elephants,” said Bill Sherrod, Cooperative Living’s editor. “All the judges were impressed with the tremendous imagination and talent shown in the students’ art.”

“My art teacher asked me to look through a folder of images and pick something that would inspire my art,” Zhang explained. “I chose the Dalmatian because I thought it was cute.”

Zhang’s “Best in Show” work earned her a $100 prize.

“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 said. “We invite everyone to see Hanlin’s picture, along with the first-, second-, and third-place winners’ art in in our July Cooperative Living magazine and online at www.co-opliving.com.”

Art Contest Winner Cover2017 Youth Art Contest Winners from Northern Virginia


Hanlin Zhang -- Vienna


1st Place -- Arnav Dusad, Brambleton

2nd Place -- Abigail Knauth, Woodbridge

First Grade

1st Place -- Samika Karnam, Centreville

3rd Place -- Viktoria Ignatieva, Fairfax

Second Grade

1st Place -- Katelyn Knauth, Woodbridge

Third Grade

1st Place -- Micaela Deza, Chantilly

3rd Place -- Samhita Kotamraju, Ashburn

Fourth Grade

1st Place -- Savanna Loy, Manassas

Fifth Grade

2nd Place -- Mihika Dusad, Brambleton

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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