Student Contest Winner Surprised With Derby Tickets

Cortez Vinson, winner of the 2013 “Horsing Around with Art” contest.

Cortez Vinson, winner of the 2013 “Horsing Around with Art” contest.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Cortez Vinson, the 2013 “Horsing Around with Art” grand prize winner, was surprised at Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary School during a special fifth grade assembly. The Kentucky Derby Museum’s executive director, Lynn Ashton, along with the school principal and members of the fifth-grade student’s family, presented Vinson with a dozen roses and the news that he will receive six box seats to this year’s 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.

The contest’s grand prize is given to the artist whose work is judged to best “capture the spirit” of the Kentucky Derby. The grand prize winner was selected this year by Churchill Downs President, Kevin Flanery. The box seats are sponsored by Churchill Downs, Inc.

Vinson will receive $500 for the art department at Breckinridge-Franklin for his award. He will also be given tickets to attend the Winner’s Party at the Derby Museum following this year’s historic race.

School principal Allyson Vitato says, “Cortez is a very giving student. He cares about art and shows great leadership with his fellow students. He has worked very hard to prepare his artwork and was just excited to participate in this contest. To have his talents recognized as the grand prize winner is such an honor for a very deserving student.”

Nearly 50 local students will receive recognition for their artwork as part of this contest.

The first place winner in each division will receive $500 for his or her school’s art department, for second place the school will receive $300 and for third place the school will receive $200. Winners of the 3D/Sculpture and The Outriders Society Awards will earn $100 for their schools, and for the grand prize, the Thoroughbred Award and the Backside Award, the schools will receive $500.

Each of the winners will also receive art supplies for their personal use.