For Young-eon Kim, a $750 check from the Washington Apple Education Foundation makes her a professional artist.
The Charles Wright Academy, where she attends school, made the announcement of her winning in mid-September.
Accepting money for works of art turns an amateur into a pro in some circles, and Kim's "Apples Under the Balcony at Sunset" painting has done just that for the 16-year-old in the 18th annual WAEF Year of the Apple Art Contest.
The Tacoma, Wash., resident's work will be featured in a 2014 wall calendar created by Dow AgroSciences, which sponsors the contest.
Seven Washington students received a share of the $1,650 prize money in the event recognizing artistic talents of K-12 grade students in the state who entered presentations on the apple theme.
Schools attended by the students will be acknowledged for their support of the arts in the contest, with each receiving a $100 check for purchase of art supplies.
Year of the Apple competition is divided into three categories: K-4th grade, 5th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.
Honorable mention cash awards of $150 each were presented to Michael Petriyenko, Ferndale,
and Annette Lee of Mill Creek in the first division; Mariana Petriyenko, Ferndale, and
Jamie Ding, Camas, in division two, and Michelle Sun, Bellevue, and Michael Joen, Issaquah, in the high school division.
Winning entries are available for viewing at www.waef.org.
Promotion of next year's contest begins in October, with a June 1, 2014, deadline for submission of entries.
The 2014 calendars will be available in December at the Dow AgroSciences booth at the Washington State Horticultural Association annual meeting in Wenatchee. To receive a copy by mail, contact WAEF at (509) 663-7713.
The Washington Apple Education Foundation is the charity of the Washington's tree fruit industry dedicated to promoting, coordinating and developing opportunities reflecting the values of tree fruit industry members in the state.