High school artists celebrate Kam Wah Chung anniversary

Chris Labhart of Friends of Kam Wah Chung stands with Grant Union students who won Kam Wah Chung awards for poster designs, including, from left, Jennifer McCormick, grade 12; Baylee Combs, grade 10; and Kade Blood, grade 11.

The Friends of Kam Wah Chung held a poster contest in celebration of Kam Wah Chung & Co.’s 140th anniversary.

Fifteen Grant Union student entries were received and voted on by members of the board of directors.

Three of the artists won prizes, including junior Kade Blood in first place, winning $100 with a hand-painted poster.

Sophomore Baylee Combs placed second, winning $50 with a computer graphic layout, using a photo of the historic Kam Wah Chung building.

Senior Jennifer McCormick, who placed third and won $25, also created her poster with a computer graphic layout and photo.

The posters announced a Chinese dinner and meeting the Friends of Kam Wah Chung hosted at the John Day Senior Center on Saturday.

All 15 posters were on display at the event.

Chris Labhart is the store manager at the Kam Wah Chung Interpretive Center in John Day. The National Heritage Site offers a glimpse into Chinese culture that existed in Grant County through a well-preserved “time-capsuled” building, once owned by Doc Ing Hay and his business partner Lung On.

“It’s the only one in the world that is like this, and it’s of historical significance,” Labhart said.

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