HISD art cars win five trophies in Art Car Parade 

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Five of HISD’s 21 entries in the 31st annual Houston Art Car Parade caught the judges’ attention, winning trophies and even some cash.

It was easily the best year yet for HISD students and their art cars.

In the category of Best Youth Entry, Frank Black Middle School with Luz Martinez and Julon Pinkston took second place with the Panthermobile. Pinkston accepted the award at the Art Car Awards Ceremony at Smither Park.

The Art Car Parade judges like to give out numerous awards, so there are winners in multiple categories, including four first-place winners, four second-place winners, and four third-place winners. HISD art cars won in each of the three categories. 

Heights High School students with leader Rebecca Bass won first place for their homage to the Rolling Stones, It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It. This is Bass’s 29th art car.

Wendy Bejarano and her students from Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center won second place for Schools of Artists.

The Arabic Immersion Magnet School won third place for their entry, Bouma, the Global Flying Owl. The trophy was accepted by Alicia Kahn and her two children.

And finally, HISD Visual Arts Curriculum Specialist Rickey Polidore won second place for HERMESillac, a green Cadillac to which fins and other decorations were added. His partners in creating the art car were Rick Nixie and David LaFleur.

Nearly 300 cars, bikes, skaters, and motorized creations took some two hours to wind through the streets of Houston and end up back along Allen Parkway. For complete details, see Houston Art Car Parade.

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