Quincy student wins award for poster

Alexander Benitez and some of the things he won thanks to his artistic talent.

Alexander Benitez, a seventh-grader from Quincy Middle School won an arts contest organized by the Quincy Valley Lions Club,.

His drawing, depicting a world in the shape of a jigsaw puzzle, took first place in the local version of the “Peace Poster contest, and earned the young artist a 105-piece art kit and a certificate.

According to Benitez’ mom, Margo Ramirez, Benitez started showing a predilection for arts since he was very young.

“Alexander has shown me that he’s a good student,” Ramirez said in Spanish.

Ramirez said that her son’s drawing also qualified among the best in the district competition. He will advance to the Lions’ multi-district competition and possibly beyond, a press release from the local Lions club stated.

“If he is declared the International Grand Prize Winner, he would be awarded $5,000,” the press release stated.

In the meantime, he is planning what to do with the $25 Amazon gift card he won in the Quincy contest.

Benitez, 12, said the inspiration for his drawing came from a desire to show that we are all connected in this world, like the pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.

He heard from a teacher about the contest, and decided to enter. When he found out he won, he was surprised, he said.

“There were other drawings in the contest that were also good,” he said.

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