The Washington Apple Education Foundation awarded almost $5,000 in savings bonds to winners of its 14th annual Year of the Apple Art Contest.

The contest, presented by Dow AgroSciences, had about 600 entries, from which 15 received awards, according to a news release from the Wenatchee, Wash.-based foundation.

Kelsey Kane, a 15-year-old from Poulsbo, Wash., and a student of North Kitsap High School, took the top honors. Kane's grand prize pastel of a golden delicious apple surrounded by shades of purple, green and gold earned her $1,000 savings bond from the foundation.

The contest has four categories, Year of the Apple poster calendar, holiday card, best pear and best soft fruit. Kane's artwork will be featured in the 2010 Dow AgroSciences wall calendar.

Other poster contest winners include:

  • Amanda Hodge, age 10, Ridgefield, Wash.;
  • David Kislenko, age 10, Vancouver, Wash.;
  • Paola Merrill, age 12, Bremerton, Wash.;
  • Eunjoo Lee, age 13, Vancouver;
  • Byori Yu, age 17, Bellevue, Wash.; and
  • Tara Bellusa, age 16, Anacortes, Wash.

Holiday card contest winners are:

  • Reilly Schoening, age 9, Cashmere, Wash.;
  • Mercylyn Monghit, age 13, Tacoma, Wash.; and
  • Philip Vukelich, age 16, Richland, Wash.

Best pear contest winners are:

  • Michael Otto, age 9, Cle Elum, Wash.;
  • Jordan Sterk, age 13, Lynden, Wash.; and
  • Philip Vukelich

Best soft fruit winners are:

  • Thomas DeBartolo, age 9, Battle Ground, Wash.;
  • Bethany Smyth, age 12, Pasco, Wash.; and
  • Samuel Strain, age 16, Chelan, Wash.

Each of these honorable mentions received $250 savings bonds. In addition, each of their schools received $100 to purchase art supplies. Pear Bureau Northwest, Milwaukie, Ore., and the Washington State Fruit Commission, Yakima, sponsored the savings bonds for the pear and soft fruit categories, respectively.

After Sept. 30, scans of the winning entries should be available at the Washington Apple Education Foundation's Web site,