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Mather High School Senior's Artwork Chosen for 2018 Chicago City Markets Reusable Bag

May 11, 2018

CHICAGO, Ill. - The 2018 Chicago City Markets sponsored by COUNTRY Financial kicked off today at Daley Plaza. Officials from the City of Chicago and COUNTRY Financial unveiled the 2018 reusable bag design, created by Mather High School Senior Iveth Crisoforo. Iveth will receive a $2,000 scholarship from COUNTRY Financial, and her artwork will be printed on 11,000 bags to be handed out at the market this season.

COUNTRY Financial and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) received 85 entries from high school students in the Chicago area. Students were asked to submit designs with the theme “You’ve Got a Lot Growing for You,” and were required to include the phrase “2018 Chicago City Markets” within the design.

The runners-up for the bag design contest are Janellie Berrios of Disney Maga II, and Michelle Vonguyen of Mather High School. Each runner-up will receive $1,000 scholarship from COUNTRY Financial. 

COUNTRY Financial has sponsored the Chicago City Markets Bag Design Contest for 12 years. “Sponsoring an event that helps to bring farmers’ products to market is an initiative that ties in with COUNTRY Financial’s agricultural roots,” said Joe Gergley, Agency Manager at COUNTRY Financial. “We’re honored to partner with DCASE and Chicago high school students to showcase their talent and to support agriculture in the Chicago area.”

For more information on the bag design contest, please visit

The COUNTRY Financial reusable bag design contest is just one of the many opportunities for kids during the Year of Creative Youth. In a citywide celebration of Chicago’s young artists and the mentors who inspire them, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2018 as the “Year of Creative Youth.” Throughout the year, the City of Chicago will host a Creative Youth Festival in Millennium Park on September 22, performance opportunities for teens at city festivals and partner events, cultural grants and convening of youth arts organizations, among other events.

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