Columbia Heights, Minnesota
By Hannan Minhas, iLander Staff Reporter/Videographer
This year’s Sister Cities International competition on April 2 at Murzyn Hall saw six winners achieve honors for their artwork and writing.
Artists: Christine Wilda won first place, moving her to the national level and earning her $100. Joey Ungemach and Fue Yang were runners up and each received $50.
Writers: Pakue Vang won first place, will move on to the national level and is $100 richer. Runners up Ellen Anderson and Angelica Toledo received $50 each.
Sister Cities International is a non-profit worldwide organization helping people come together and put aside all the differences they have, whether it’s language, culture, socioeconomic status, tradition or religion. The focus is on friendship and peace between two cities.
“This is a dynamic group of volunteers here in Columbia Heights, they are wonderful and dedicated,” said Dolores Strand, co-coordinator of the Minnesota branch of Sister Cities.
The sister city of Columbia Heights is Lomianki, Poland. Every year, Sister Cities organizes an event the Young Artists and Authors Showcase, where kids aged 13 to 18 can participate and show their talents in the form of painting, drawing, pottery or stories.
(Photo: Pakue Vang won first place for her writing in the Sister Cities competition.)