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Sister cities artwork is 'going places'

Daisha Cecil, Matea Simonson, and Naomi Mewhortor won the Red Wing Sister Cities art contest.

Daisha Cecil will represent Red Wing in the Sister Cities International art contest for high school students.

The first-place winner's work will be forwarded to the Young Artists and Authors Showcase in Washington, D.C., to be judged nationally with a potential grand prize of $1,000. The 2017 theme is "We're Going Places."

Matea Simonson and Naomi Mewhorter had the other local winning entries.

Finalists' work goes on a yearlong tour, rotating to various cities on a monthly basis.

Students were encouraged to draw inspiration from their experiences with sister cities, travel, exchange and international friendship. Red Wing has official relationships with Quzhou, China, and Ikata, Japan.

The three Red Wing High School students will be recognized and receive their local prize money at the 5 p.m. Jan. 25, meeting of Red Wing Sister Cities Commission in City Hall.