Winners of 2017 California High School Political Cartoon Contest

High school students across California recently submitted entries to the 2017 editorial cartoon contest held by the LegiSchool Project, a state-funded civic education initiative in Sacramento.

In collaboration with The Lowdown, contestants were tasked with drawing single-panel cartoons related to California or national issues. Roughly 100 students from 22 high schools participated. The judges included Mark Fiore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, LegiSchool Director Elisia Hoffman, and yours truly. This is the third year The Lowdown has published the contest winners - see the finalists' entries from previous years here.

And without further ado, the winning entries ...

First Prize

Kai Henthorn-Iwane
11th grade; Berkeley High School





Brittany Almanza
10th grade; Poway High School



Immanoelle Espiritu
9th grade; Granada Hills Charter High School (Northridge)



Kayla Kressin
10th grade; Poway High School



Brandan Wong
11th grade; John F. Kennedy High School (Sacramento)



Honorable Mentions


Ana Belcher
10th grade; Culver City High School



Stephen Carag
11th grade; Richard Gahr High School (Cerritos)

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Brenda Nguyen
12th grade; Irvine High School