For release on June 27, 2013
Assistant District Attorney
A recent graduate of Mount Pleasant High School in San Jose has won Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s 2013 “Justice for All” art contest.
Christina Tinoco’s colorful and creative mural will be professionally reproduced on the walls of a District Attorney’s office space where prosecutors meet and interview young children who are victims of sex abuse.
The 18-year-old received $500 in prize money.
District Attorney Jeff Rosen, who congratulated Tinoco, the two other winners, and their families at the D.A.’s Office today, said the winning murals were inspiring examples of young people using their talents for public service.
“All of the winning murals were brilliant. Ms. Tinoco’s artistic talent will do far more than simply brighten up a government office,” Rosen said. “Although some children in our community have to face the nightmare of sex abuse, this young artist’s creativity will soothe and surround them with the comforting truth that that we are here to help and that there is hope.”
Tinoco, who will go into De Anza College as an animation major this fall, said she hoped her winning mural – a senior art class project - would convey a message of peace.
“If I was a kid I would like to look at a lot of stuff,’ she said. “I was going for a fantasy theme.”
The second prize went to Haley Mitchell, an 18-year-old graduate of Santa Teresa High School in San Jose heading into West Valley College as a studio art major. She received $300.
Third prize was won by Bao-Minh Nguyen-Phuc, 17, a graduate of Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose and an incoming biochemistry major at Evergreen College. She received $200.
The county-approved money used for the art awards came from the District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture funds – illegal proceeds confiscated from criminals, such as drug dealers.