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The City of Chula Vista is accepting nominations for the 2014 Gayle McCandliss Art Awards, now through April 1. Given annually to high school juniors, graduating seniors and individuals who have supported the arts in Chula Vista, the fund is named after former Mayor Gayle McCandliss, who was a strong supporter of the arts.

Student award nominations for any junior or senior who resides in the City of Chula Vista, may be submitted by high school teachers, administrators or counselors. Nominations of individuals who have supported the arts may be submitted by any resident of Chula Vista. All recipients must reside in Chula Vista.

Categories include the “Rising Star” award for high school juniors and seniors from dance, theater, music, media, visual and literary arts. The “Bravo” award recognizes those who have helped build community pride and art appreciation, and the “Literary” award celebrates local writers. In 2013, student Rising Star winners were selected from Otay Ranch, EastLake, Olympian, Hilltop, and Chula Vista High Schools, while the Bravo award was given to Neisha’s Dance Studio and owner Neisha Hernandez.

The McCandliss Art Awards will be presented at a future City Council meeting. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 1, at the Civic Center Branch Library, 365 F Street. Nomination forms are available on the city’s website at For more information, please contact Stephanie Loney, Principal Librarian, at, or (619) 691-5288.

Posted: January 9, 2014

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