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June 13, 2010 (La Mesa) –Danica Tsuchida, a Steele Canyon High School student, received the grand prize in the 2nd annual Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition in May, receiving a $1,000 scholarship to the California Institute of Jewelry Training  and an internship at Golden Artistry in La Mesa.


Now, her fire-themed jewelry design (photo, right) has been produced in precious metals and gemstones (photo, left).  Her winning creation is on display at the San Diego County Fair through July 5 in the Gems, Minerals and Jewelry exhibit.

Other winners in the competition:


1st place - Rick Roberts,West Hills High School
2nd place - Wendy Munoz, El Cajon Valley High School
3rd places - Holly Hemmings, Valhalla High School

Honorable mentions

Cassandra Kingsbury, El Capitan High School
Destiny Smith, Santana High School
Michelle Duenas, Helix Charter High School
Michelle Prom, Santana High School
Moira Hill, Grossmont High School
Morgan Tupper, West Hills High School
Osmara Lawrence, El Cajon Valley

Inspirational Teacher of the Year

Nicole Travis, El Cajon Valley High School, nominated by her students.

Community’s Choice Award

Danica Tsuchida, Steele Canyon Charter High School. Voted on May 6th, by the event attendees

The contest is sponsored by master goldsmith Terry White at Golden Artistry in La Mesa’s downtown village. Funds raised benefit Friends of East County Arts that funds art, drama and music programs in local schools as well as supporting local arts-based organizations.

Golden Artistry, located at 8346 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa, has provided custom jewelry and repairs since 1984.

Next year’s competition features a “water” theme. The deadline for entry is March 7th, 2011. For complete information, see


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