April 16, 2013, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is proud to announce the winners of the “I am Cyrus” contest. 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.
The winners of the “I am Cyrus” contest, selected from numerous entries that were submitted, are as follows:
Group 1: Non-Student Josephine Mairzadeh
Group 2: University/College Student Yasaman Louhghalam
Group 3: High School Student Paniz Shahbazian
Group 4: Middle School Student Benjamin Malek
Group 5: Elementary School Student Yasha Sarhangpour
One of the five selected winners will also be selected as the overall grand prize winner to be used by PAAIA to further promote our culture and heritage. The grand prize winner will be featured on the PAAIA website, and will also receive an additional prize of $250.
Voting for the grand prize winner will take place on PAAIA’s Facebook page and will be open until April 23, 2013. Click here to view the winning entries and to vote for the grand prize winner.
PAAIA thanks all of those who submitted an entry and congratulates the 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.
Group 1: Josephine Mairzadeh
Gropu 2: Yasaman Loughalam
Group 3: Paniz Shahbazian
Group 4: Benjamin Malek
Group 5: Yasha Sarhangpour