Sarah Davis

Communications Specialist

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Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner Financial Literacy Multimedia Arts Contest Reception recognizes work of local students

Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner hosted a virtual art reception and award presentation for Oakland County public high school students and their families on Tuesday, June 23, capping off the Treasurer’s 9th annual Financial Literacy Multimedia Arts Contest.

The contest was produced in partnership with Oakland Schools, Flagstar Bank, and the Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA). Since its inception, the program has reached nearly 1,000 student-artists, helping build a strong foundation of financial literacy while also awarding more than $90,000 in scholarships and cash prizes.

This year, top winners all received $1,000 cash awards, thanks to Flagstar Bank sponsorship: grade 10 - Ana Trujillo Garcia, Lake Orion High School; grade 11 - Imari Molina, Pontiac High School; and grade 12 – Dana Holt, Avondale High School. Cash prizes totaled $10,000. Forty-seven artists representing 16 Oakland County public high schools participated, including students from: ACE Rochester, Avondale, Bloomfield Hills High School, Clarkston High School, Birmingham Groves High School, International Academy Troy, Lake Orion, North Farmington, Pontiac High School, Rochester High School, Rochester Stoney Creek, Troy High School, Walled Lake Northern, Waterford Kettering, Waterford Mott, and West Bloomfield High School. Each high school had at least one winner.

The reception included a virtual Gallery Walk where all 47 art submissions were scrolled and attendees were treated to the opportunity of viewing each entry. Submissions were judged on creativity, artistic execution and incorporation of the financial literacy theme.

Following the Gallery Walk, Treasurer Andy Meisner welcomed guests and introduced speakers: Sandro DiNello, President and CEO of Flagstar Bank; Brad Michaud, CFO of Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA); and Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, Superintendent of Oakland Schools who touted the importance of arts education and thanked Andy Meisner for his support of Oakland Schools’ initiatives. Each student in attendance (and their family) was personally announced and celebrated and students were asked to discuss their work.

All the student art can be viewed online at and will be on display in the Treasurer’s Office when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.




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