By Miriam Raftery
May 18, 2011 (La Mesa) – Ashley Charlton, a junior and AP student at West Hills High School, has been named the grand prize winner for her entry in the 3rd Annual Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition.
Other top entrants for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place were Cassandra Kingsbury from El Capitan, Scott Holcomb and Noraa Reeder from Santana.
Approximately 300 students plunged into designing jewelry for this year’s water-themed contest.
Master goldsmith Terry Whyte created a winning design based on Ashley Charlton’s drawing.
“She said I should name it,” said Whyte, who encouraged the artistic student to choose a name for her creation. “Ashley said `I wrote the plot; you wrote the book! You name it,’” Whyte said. “ She came up with a page of foreign names and their meanings, and I picked one of the meanings: Cascade.” She will intern at Golden Artistry's store in La Mesa this summer.
The design was unveiled on May 5th at the La Mesa Community Center, where 22 finalists were celebrated. The event also raised funds for the arts, distributed by Friends of East County Arts Inc.