Homestead teen wins art award for second year

Leon Willis is no stranger to the Beaux Arts Festival of Art on the University of Miami. For the second year in a row, the high school sophomore has taken home the Best of Show award for the Students Artist Showcase.

“I wanted to see if I could win twice,” said Willis, a 17-year-old student at the Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts, a magnet school grades 6-12 in Goulds.

The judges for the two-day art festival evaluated 400 submissions by Miami-Dade middle and high school students without any knowledge of the contestants’ names. For the 63rd annual fair last weekend, 150 of those pieces were selected to be showcased at the Lowe Art Museum on the UM campus.

At a reception held at the museum on Jan. 14, fair organizers revealed that

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