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Yeimy Torres Martinez was the nominated winner of a creativity contest titled Mask On hosted by Alameda County. She brought in her artistic ideas by constructing a cloth face mask.
The contest took place a year ago when COVID cases were at a peak. She was a freshman when she entered and won, and is now a sophomore in high school. She explained how COVID has impacted her life and the different ways that it was very unexpected and challenging. Yeimy explained how COVID-19 was a huge challenge in her life because her extracurricular activities were impacted due to the shut down.
She is involved with a health program internship, a boxing class, and track and even through COVID-19 she received so much support from her community that she wanted to make change and spread leadership and positivity.
Yeimy’s message behind the mask is to spread awareness and keep people safe and protected by COVID-19. For creating the mask she used cloth threading and wire banded that she had sewed into the mask for the attachment around the ear. Yeimy’s favorite part of her mask was her choice of pattern design. She said it reminded her of marble; a very unique color of faded black and white patterns. Yeimy’s outcome in entering the mask design contest was to have people stay safe and smart and accept the challenges of COVID-19 with positivity and guidance.
Written by Cianna Williams
Photographed: Elizabeth wearing Yeimy Torres Martinez’s mask
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