Ms. Kodashima & Mr. Ogura win top prize in ILC art contest for elementary school students

The original article was published in the Iwate Nippo (January 24th edition). Read the original here.

The top prizes were announced for the 2016 ILC Art Contest for elementary school students in southern Iwate (run by the Southern Regional Development Bureau of the Iwate Prefectural Government). Fumiya Ogura (3rd year, Yazawa Elementary, Hanamaki City) won the Grade 1-3 Division, and Mebuki Kodashima (4th year, Futago Elementary, Kitakami City) won the Grade 4-6 division.

The Awards Ceremony was held on the 22nd in the Cultural Hall of Mizusawa, Oshu City, and Bureau Director General Horie handed prize certificates to the winners.

Mr. Ogura depicted an image of elementary particles colliding at the ILC, against an intricately-drawn universe. “I was surprised when I learned that the ILC will smash small particles in order to unlock the universe’s mysteries,” he said, describing his inspiration for his entry.

Ms. Kodashima’s entry has both humans and animals holding hands, and a wealth of information being sent out from a research facility. “I hope that the construction of the ILC leads to development of the future and to world peace.”

The contest has been held since 2015 in order to deepen understanding of the ILC. This year’s contest received 264 entries from 8 municipalities in southern Iwate and from Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture.

The winning entries will be on display at the Ito Yokado store in Hanamaki City on January 28-29, and at the Ichinoseki Library on February 4th and 5th.