Chicago teen arrives from Thailand, wins city art contest one year later

December 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

Thai immigrant Suthida Lertpanichphan has been in Chicago only a year. But the 17-year-old’s handiwork will soon be on display in every corner of the city. The St. Gregory the Great junior’s design for the city’s vehicle sticker beat out 400 other entrants and nine other finalists with voters on City Clerk Miguel Del Valle’s website. Her design, on the theme “Education is Key” shows two students “flying into the future on the pages of a book,” Lertpanichphan said. The teen, who hopes to one day work as an artist or an architect, has loved drawing since she was a child. She said education “is something that drives me forward.” Her guardian, Sammy Lertpanichphan, encouraged her to enter the contest because “I wanted her drawing on my car.” Once the new sticker goes on sale in June, she and nearly 1.3 million other Chicago motorists will be able to have just that. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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