Idaho students in top 5 of national contest with SC Johnson

Two Idaho students compete in national contest
Posted at 11:29 AM, Feb 12, 2021

Two students at the Idaho Fine Arts Academy in Eagle are finalists in a national competition with SC Johnson.

Students from around the nation designed artwork that will be placed on up to 1,000 hand sanitizer dispensers across the country.

Idaho Fine Arts Academy Junior Jamie Monson and Sophomore Isabelle Arriaga are two of the top 5 finalists in the competition. The winning student will also get a $300 gift card and earn their school $1,000.

“They had really cute ideas and those caught the eye of the people at SC Johnson,” Idaho Fine Arts Academy teacher, Jenny Valenzuela said.

Both students have a passion for art and were surprised to learn they are two contestants in the top 5 contestants in the SC Johnson Happy Hands competition.

“I didn’t expect to get in the top 5. I just kind of forgot that I had done this since it was all the way in November and so it's very exciting that we're able to both get in and it's so important for our school,” Monson said.

The students say the cash prize will go toward their art program if either of them takes home the prize.

The contest asked students kindergarten through 12th grade to design the front of a hand sanitizer dispenser with something fun that also gives the message to sanitize regularly.

“So, I wanted to do a rocket ship with the flames coming out of the bottom as if it was blasting out of where the hand sanitizer came out. When a rocket ship gets launched, they say, “3, 2, 1 launch.” So, I did, “3, 2,1 blast off the germs,” Monson said.

Happy Hands design
Jamie M's Happy Hands design

“I drew a hummingbird at the top because I feel like they give a lot of luck and they are just a good sign and a happy sign to look at. I also wrote stay safe at the top because it's important to sanitize and stay clean,” Arriaga said.

Happy Hands Design
Isabelle A's Happy Hands design

The student’s teacher, Valenzuela says she is grateful for the experience and that they are being introduced into the art world so quickly.

"They're putting these cute designs and awareness out there into the public for people and for their fellow students. So, I think it's a great opportunity. I think they’ve really done well and it will be fun to see the outcome.”

Voting for the competition is open until February 28th and you are able to cast a vote once a day. Visit thiswebsite if you would like to cast a vote for either student.