The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) hosted the 2010 Student Art Contest, in which students used their talents to depict metabolism, energy, and how nutrition contributes to overall health and wellness. Through this art contest and it’s theme, “What Revs Up Your Metabolism?” the UNC NRI encouraged students, their parents, and teachers to think about health and nutrition in new and creative ways and challenged them to become more active and energetic and educate them about the effects metabolism can have in their bodies through healthy diet and exercise. 9 winners were selected from more than 90 eligible student entries from public, private and home schools in Cabarrus, Rowan, Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.

Institute Director, Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD, presented awards to the winners in front of a crowd of over 60 student participants and their families at the NRI. “We are pleased to share the tremendous talent of all of the participants and look forward to displaying their art work in our building. The NRI is committed to engaging students on many levels and this art contest is just another way for us to expose students to the research happening here.”

Grand Prize Winner:

Miguel Angel Olivares Robledo – A. L. Brown High School

Kindergarten – 4th Grades

1st Place: Penelli Yang – Harrisburg Elementary School
2nd Place: Tali Hagler – Forest Park Elementary School
3rd Place: Caroline Medlin – Beverly Hills Elementary School

5th – 8th Grades

1st Place: Julianne Pomnitz – Concord Middle School
2nd Place: Meagan Stegall – Concord Middle School
3rd Place: Allie Link – Concord Middle School

9th – 12th Grades

1st Place: Itzal Mondragon Felipe – A. L. Brown High School
2nd Place: Hunter Hammett – A. L. Brown High School
3rd Place: Janice Yang – North Iredell High School