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Virginia student wins contest with tribute to father: 'I remember him working really late nights'

'I just really wanted to draw him doing one of the daily things he used to do as a teacher'
Posted at 3:22 PM, Mar 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-02 13:30:15-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A Central Virginia student is one of three winners in the fifth annual Virginia Lottery Thank a Teacher Art Contest.

Giello Albert Capate, a senior at Appomattox Governor's School in Petersburg, won in the contest's high school category with her work showing her covering her sleeping father with a blanket after he fell asleep grading papers.

“He was really passionate and I remember him working really late nights, working on lesson plans every night,” Capate said. “And I just really wanted to draw him doing one of the daily things he used to do as a teacher."

Capate was awarded a $150 gift card and her school was awarded $2,000 for its art department.

The contest winners were chosen from more than 300 entries and will have their artwork featured on thank-you notes that will be given to thousands of teachers across Virginia.

The cards will be handed out to teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

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