Sister Cities International’s
Young Artists & Authors Showcase
Santa Clarita Winners
Through the Years

Santa Clarita students have successfully competed with entries from other Sister Cities organizations throughout the United States over the years and made us proud.

This year, 2021, two Santa Clarita students won in the national competition.  Valencia High student Brandon Cho’s poetry, titled “The Light of Hope,” won second place, while Canyon High’s Julios De Jesus placed third with his original music composition, “Juven – We are One.”  Click here to view their entries in our Virtual Gallery.

In 2020, Valencia High student Amber Lee’s artwork, titled “United We Stand,” and Saugus High student Sydney Hooper’s poem, titled “Stronger Than Ever,” were chosen as finalists.  Their work addressed the 2020 theme, “One World: Out of Many, We Are One.”

In 2019, Saugus High student Katherine Denzin’s essay, “Similarities and Differences,” was chosen by Sister Cities International as one of the national finalists.

In 2016, an essay titled “Peace through People” by Cristal Ramirez, a Valencia High student, was chosen as one of the national finalists.

In 2013, Santa Clarita’s winning entry, “The Powerful Exchange of Love” by Valencia High School student Seung Won (Ashley) Choi was chosen by Sister Cities International as the national grand prize winner. During the same year, the artwork entitled “Power of Exchange” by Charmaine Agawin, a student from Sariaya, Quezon, Santa Clarita’s Sister City in the Philippines, was chosen as one of the international finalists. Both entries toured the United States for a year, which included a stop in Santa Clarita. Charmaine’s artwork is currently on display in the lobby at City Hall.

2021: “United in Hope”

2020: “One World: Out of Many, We are One”

2019: “Global Citizens: Resilient Communities”

2019 Sister Cities International’s YAAS Traveling Exhibit
(Katherine Denzin, Saugus HS, National Finalist)

2016: “Peace Through People”

2016 Sister Cities International’s YAAS Traveling Exhibit
(Cristal Ramirez, Valencia HS, National Finalist)

2015: “Connecting Communities for Peace and Prosperity”

2014: “Connect Globally. Thrive Locally”

2013: “The Power of Exchange”

2013 Sister Cities International’s YAAS Traveling Exhibit
(Ashley Choi, Valencia HS, National Finalist & Charmaine Agawin, Sariaya, Philippines, International Finalist)

2012: “Youth as the Catalyst for Change”