ArtFest & Suncoast Credit Union Honor Art Under 20 Winners

Best in Show, Fiona Dowling

ArtFest Fort Myers awarded $7,400 in prizes to Lee County high school students at the Art Under 20 Award Reception, held at the Harborside Event Center on February 29th.

At this season’s Art Under 20, proudly sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union, local high school students representing 18 Lee County high schools entered 293 pieces of artwork. The student art was exhibited at the fine art festival the first weekend in February and was previewed by thousands of festival patrons. Art Under 20 judges, Janice Grau and Todd Babb had the difficult task of selecting the winners from among many talented students. Mr. Greg Pasanen, Suncoast Credit Union Regional Vice President, presented the award checks to the winning students.

Awards were given in the categories of Digital, Drawing, Photography, Painting, 3-Dimensional and Mixed Media. The cash award levels were $900 for Best of Show, $400 for First Place, $200 for Second Place, $100 for Third Place and $50 for Honorable Mention. Festival attendees voted for the People’s Choice winner, resulting in a $300 cash award. Through the generosity of the Fewster family, the Fewster Family Scholarship Award was $500. The Ikki Matsumoto Award was $500. The Bruce Tyson AIA Award was $100.

Pictured is Best of Show Winner, Fiona Dowling with Greg Pasanen, Suncoast Credit Union (left) and Fiona’s parents, Mr & Mrs Dowling

Art Under 20 Award Winners, School

BEST OF SHOW: Fiona Dowling, Fort Myers High School

1st: Grace Speas, Fort Myers High

2nd: Katelynn Heinkel, Riverdale High

3rd: Kylie Corey, Fort Myers High


1st: Savanna Tennant, Cypress Lake High

2nd: Tricia Shamburger, Cypress Lake High


1st: Raja Albahou, South Fort Myers High

2nd: Melisssa Leone, Canterbury School

3rd: Stephanie Boyd, Mariner High


1st: Hannah Trusiewicz, Mariner High

2nd: Megan Gerst, Lehigh High

3rd: Ava Yee, Estero High


1st: Rachel Hujsa, Fort Myers High

2nd: Amalia Smith, Dunbar High

3rd: Rebecca Casimir, Cypress Lake High


1st: Mallory Pollock, Canterbury School

2nd: Pamela McCabe, Mariner High

3rd: Ralph Lehnert, Canterbury School


PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Peyton Hornung, Canterbury School

FEWSTER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: Elijah Benzon, Canterbury School

IKKI MATSUMOTO AWARD: Jade Buohler, Lehigh High

BRUCE TYSON AIA AWARD: Chelsea Christopher, Riverdale High



  1. Sierra Martin, Riverdale High
  2. Stephanie Dickey, Fort Myers High
  3. Yevheniya Krasynska, Cape Coral High
  4. Katelynn Coate, Lehigh High
  5. Alexis Slobodzian, Fort Myers High
  6. Andrea Mains, North Fort Myers School
  7. Kelly Walker, Cypress Lake High
  8. Hannah Eberz, North Fort Myers High
  9. Gracie Wright, Cape Coral High
  10. Alexzandria Fornal, Cape Coral High
  11. Riley Hare, Island Coast High
  12. Inka Schultz, Mariner High
  13. Taylor Kent, Fort Myers High
  14. Elieser De Diego, North Fort Myers High
  15. Nolan Nowak, Cypress Lake High
  16. Zhengbal Xia, Canterbury School
  17. Isaac Bender, Cypress Lake High
  18. Phillip Almeida, North Fort Myers High

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