This original illustration by seventh grade Vista Middle School student Josswe Duarte, has been selected as the official poster image for the 2020 Las Cruces Space Festival. We received hundreds of entries from LCPS Middle School students, and twelve finalists were selected by the crew from the Challenger Learning Center of Las Cruces. The final images were voted on at the Challenger Learning Center Open House and on our social media pages.
The runner up was this image by Picacho Middle School sixth grader Alicia Lopez.
The theme of the Festival this year is future spaceflight and we chose ‘Life on Mars’ for the poster theme to match the current middle school curriculum. A full list of the contest rules (in English and Spanish) can be found here. The poster had to be the student’s own original work, had to include at least one illustration and be presented on 8 1/2 x 11 paper only.
The official poster will be displayed in schools across the Las Cruces Public School district and all the entries by the twelve finalists will be on display during the Space Festival from March 30- April 4. Both the chosen artist and the runner up, will receive a prize bag and a Sid the Astro Gnome trophy.