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State holds ornament contest for students

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New Mexico students have a chance to receive scholarships in a design contest for New Mexico’s official ornament.

The 2020 state ornament theme is “New Mexico Films the Great American West,” according to a Tuesday news release by the New Mexico Film Office, which is co-sponsoring the contest along with the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion Foundation.

The student with the winning design will receive a $2,500 scholarship award, and their design will be the basis for the official state ornament. The winner and other finalists also will be recognized at a party at the Governor’s Mansion. Second place is $1,000, third and fourth places are $500, and the fifth place award is $250. The deadline for design submissions is April 15.

The New Mexico Film Office is interested in positioning the state as one of the top places to film western-themed movies. Past productions filmed here include “The Cheyenne Social Club” (1970), “The Cowboys” (1972), “Silverado” (1985), “3:10 to Yuma” (2007), “True Grit” (2010) and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (2018).

Previous state ornaments have highlighted many features of the state’s culture, such as Cochiti pottery, Flamenco dance, Route 66, the chili pepper, hot air balloons and a tribute to turquoise. Funds raised by sales of the ornament are used for maintaining and preserving the public areas of the Governor’s Mansion.

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More information and a contest entry form are available from the film office, 505-476-5600, nmfilm.org.

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