April 25, 2013, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is proud to announce the grand prize winner of the “I am Cyrus” contest. After one week of voting open to the public, Benjamin Malek’s artwork was selected as the submission believed to best represent Iranian heritage. Malek was the winner of the Group 4 category, representing middle school students.
The contest, sponsored in part by Mission: Restore, was created to celebrate the diversity and richness of Iranian culture. From essays to paintings, videos to sculptures, Iranian Americans of all ages conveyed their own message of what they believe their Iranian heritage represents.
Click here to view all five winning entries of the “I am Cyrus” contest.
PAAIA thanks all of those who submitted an entry and congratulates all five winners of this contest. PAAIA also thanks Mission: Restore for its sponsorship of this contest. Mission: Restore is a non-profit organization that provides life-changing plastic and reconstructive surgery both globally and locally to children and adults in need.