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Cleaner, safer motoring envisioned by schoolgirl art contest winner

An artistic vision for better, cleaner and safer motoring has won a Vientiane secondary school student cash, a trophy and the chance to have her entry compete abroad.

Ms Lattana Chandavong is very happy and proud of her title and prizes she won in the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest 2017.

Ms Lattana receives a trophy and prizes.

A Year 3 student at Sisattanak Secondary School in Thongkang village, Sisattanak district, Vientiane, Ms Lattana is one of three winners in Laos.

Ms Lattana was the winner of the category for children aged 12-15.

Her winning drawing was named ‘marvellous car of amazing land'.

It describes a friendly and generous motor vehicle that is considerate to the earth and its people, carrying the world on its back and protecting everyone in utmost safety.

Ms Lattana's national level win has seen her artistic effort go on to compete at the international level in Japan and she is now excitedly awaiting the results of the battle.

Ms Lattana said this was the second time she had competed in the contest.

She entered last year but did not win any prizes on that occasion.

This year, she said she tried her very best and entered again.

It was not easy for her to capture the winning prize because she had to work hard to practice the techniques and be patient while paying attention to all aspects.

Thousands of participants sent their drawings to the contest, and the judges selected only the best.

She practiced hard and set a goal to be a winner, and luck was on her side as her name was announced.

The two weeks she spent on her drawing before sending it to the contest committee paid off.

Ms Lattana is 14 years old and likes arts and sports.

Originally from Phonepapao village, Sisattanak district, she now lives with her parents in Vat Nak village of the same district.

According to her proud mother, she is an active student who is committed to her studies both at both school and at home.

She loves learning about all subjects but has a particular talent for drawing.

Her parents and all her family members are very pleased with her win and proud of her.

They supported her entry into the drawing contest and they also will support her future steps of study especially in drawing and the arts.

The Toyota Dream Art Contest project in Laos is organised annually by Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd., with 2017 marking the 11th time Laos has been among the participating countries.

The award ceremony was held on April 1 at the Vientiane Center, and witnessed by customers and members of the public, officials and representatives of the company and the organising committee.Japan's largest automaker, Toyota Motor Corporation, has held the contest since 2004 around the world as part of its social contribution initiatives.

The contest aims to inspire creativity in youth and encourage them to take a keen interest in the automotive industry.

In Laos the contest is organised by Toyota Thailand Co., Ltd., with the prizes this year worth about 128 million kip in total.

More than 4,600 children from all over the country took part, sending their artistic entries to the contest.

There were three categories of contestants: those aged under eight; an 8-11 year old group; and a 12-15 year old group. A total of 15 winners or five in each category were selected.

Now the three best winning pictures in each category are in the international contest in Japan, with the results set to be announced in July.

Ms Lattana was presented with a big prize with a trophy, certificate, and 10 million kip.

She will use the money for her further studies.

“This is not the first time I've entered the contest but it's the first time I've won it outright,” she said.

“I am very glad as I love drawing and will continue to develop my drawing skills in the future.”

“This project is very interesting and useful because it encourages children to show artistic ability and talent. I would like to thank the organising committee for giving a chance to Lao children including myself.”

Ms Lattana's mother Ms Nuan said she was very proud of her daughter as she diligently practiced her drawing skills and worked hard to achieve her goal.

“She loves drawing and has talent in this area. She always practices her skills and uses her free time to do so, especially at home on weekends. It was very good that her winning artwork was created based on her own imagination and dreams. She aimed for that prize and she got it.”

“Of course we will continue to encourage and support her to reach her dreams and compete at the next stage which is bigger, as well as supporting her future studies,” Ms Nuan said.

By Visith Teppalath
(Latest Update April 8 , 2017 )

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