BRAWLEY — Using her own home as inspiration, Brawley Union High School sophomore Andrea Hernandez captured second place in a statewide art contest depicting her Hispanic heritage.
Her colored pencil drawing for the Union Bank of California contest represented her interpretation of the theme "Celebrando Tus Raices Hispanas," or "Celebrate Your Hispanic Roots."
Andrea, 15, incorporated images of the Virgin Mary, Mexican food and music, chilies and Spanish missions into her drawing.
"I walked around my house and looked for things to draw," Andrea said.
The second-place prize included a check for $500.
"I don't know what I'll do with it. Probably put it in the bank, maybe buy some clothes," she said.
The contest was timed to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month.
"The customers were impressed that we were taking an interest in Hispanic Heritage Month," said branch manager Frank Robinson.
"It's exciting to see something like this happen to a good person, which Andrea is," Robinson said.