Ten junior high school students (JHS) battled it out in the ASPIRE 2018’s Poster Making Contest held at Mindpro Citimall, Zamboanga City recently.

The contest spearheaded by Department of Agriculture regional office IX - Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, Information Division, and the High Value Crops Development Program; intends to increase awareness on the Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Expositions (ASPIRE) to the young through artistic expression.

It is a part of the side events of ‘AGRI-VENTA’ with the theme, “Expanding market opportunities for ZamPen’s priority agriculture and fishery products”.

Hazel Ann Enriquez, a JHS student of Ferndale International School came out 1st place with her artistic and colourful interpretation of the theme that earned her the highest praise from the judges and landed her the best poster with ₱3,000 cash prize and a backpack.

Ameera Masilam of Pilar College ranked second with her creative artwork winning ₱2,000, while the lone contestant from the Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School (ICAS), Miles Enel Muriedas, managed to impress the critics with her simple yet meaningful masterpiece bringing home ₱1,000 as third place winner.

The posters were judged according to the following criteria: 30% originality and composition; 30% creativity and visual impact; and 40% relevance to the theme, summing up to a total of 100%.

The winning pieces were displayed at the foreground of the AGRI-VENTA! at the 2nd floor Mindpro Citimall and will also be featured in the 2019 Calendar of the Department of Agriculture IX. (Darwin Reyes/DA9)

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