February 26, 2014

US winners of 2014 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest announced

Toyota announces the 2014 US winners of the annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest presented globally. The nine US winners will receive an iPad Mini and an award certificate acknowledging their accomplishment. Their artwork now advances to represent the US as
the nation's World Contest semi-finalists to compete among entrants from over 70 countries. In August 2014, the top 30 young artists selected worldwide will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Toyota City, Japan and participate in the World Contest awards ceremony, which includes a tour of a Toyota manufacturing plant.

The nine 2014 US winners were selected by a national panel of judges who reviewed artwork by 31 US finalists; the latter of which had been selected by nearly 300 Toyota associates from a pool of 100 semi-finalists.

Judges who participated in the selection of the US winners at an event held at Toyota headquarters in Torrance, Calif., were Cheech Marin, Actor, Comedian, Director, and Art Collector; Edward Loh, Editor-in-Chief, Motor Trend Magazine; Craig Kember, Senior Creative Designer at Toyota’s Calty Design Research; Mike Groff, President  & CEO, Toyota Financial Services; Karen Ideno, VP of Product and Marketing, Toyota Financial Services; Paxton Gagnet, Executive General Manager, John Elway's Crown Toyota Scion and Shelley Gagnet, Community Relations Director, John Elway's Crown Toyota Scion.

"If you take a look at the artwork these kids created, you see that not only have they designed a dream car, many have incorporated their dream car into an ideal future environment and society," Cheech Marin. "These are more than aspirational, they are inspirational. These are true pieces of art."

"As a first-time judge, I was blown away by the quality of the artwork in each age group," said Edward Loh. "Not only was there significant artistic prowess on display, but there were deeply moving humanitarian messages in many of the pieces. Who says kids these days don't care about cars or the planet? Kudos to Toyota for supporting such an inspiring program!"

US winners
Category 1 (under 8 years)
Gold: Martian Toyota Truck by Enoch Christian Kim, age 7, Little Neck, NY
Silver: My Music Car by Leah Choi, age 7, Los Angeles, CA
Bronze: Inside Martian Toyota Truck by Enoch Christian Kim, age 7, Little Neck, NY 
Category 2 (8-11 years)
Gold: Helping Car by Sarah Kong, age 11, Los Angeles, CA
Silver: Future Car by Sally Qiu, age 11, Corona, CA
Bronze: Food Processor Car by Elliot Chang, age 9, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Category 3 (12-15 years)
Gold: Toyota Camera Car by Lauren Park, age 14, Irvine, CA
Silver: Child Rescue Mobile (CRM) by Tengku Shafikah, age 13, New York, NY
Bronze: Cable Wheel Automobile by Gene Whang, age 14, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

US finalists (all 31 listed in alphabetical order)
Category 1 (under 8 years)
Leah Choi, age 7, Los Angeles, CA; Angelina Feng, age 5, Eastvale, CA; Melody Gao, age 7, Corona, CA; Andrew Guo, age 5, Corona, CA; Enoch Christian Kim, age 7 (two submissions), Little Neck, NY; William Jae Hu Lee, age 6, Los Angeles, CA; William S.J. Lee, age 7, Los Angeles, CA; Edward Yang, age 7, Corona, CA; Joyce Yim, age 7, Irvine, CA
Category 2 (8-11 years)
Ethan Byeon, age 10, Crescenta, CA; Elliot Chang, age 9, Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Hana Choi, age 9, Los Angeles, CA; Shraddha Gatla, age 10, Troy, MI; Kacey Kim, age 11, Los Angeles, CA; Sarah Kong, age 11, Los Angeles, CA; Anne Lin, age 9, Hacienda Heights, CA; Ekien Nguyen, age 10, Montgomery, IL; Sally Qiu, age 11, Corona, CA; Jai Rhee, age 11, Los Angeles, CA
Category 3 (12-15 years)
Ashley Ayeri, age 12, Ashburn, VA; Kathie Fang, age 14, San Diego, CA; Annette Kim, age 12, Los Angeles, CA; Joseph Lee, age 15, Fresh Meadows, NY; Jean Park, age 13, Irvine, CA; Lauren Park, age 14, Irvine, CA; Katelyn Rho, age 15, Irvine, CA; Tengku Shafikah, age 13, New York, NY; Michelle Son, age 15, Irvine, CA; Gene Whang, age 14, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Emily Whiteman, age 12, Russiaville, IN


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