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Hopwood student’s design chosen to represent NMI in White House Easter Egg Roll

HOPWOOD Middle School student Jeroen Montenejo’s artwork was selected to represent the CNMI in the 141st White House Easter Egg Roll which took place on Monday.

Hopwood teacher Riya Nathrani said this was the first time the CNMI was featured in the White House event along with the other states and territories.

“Schools across the nation were invited to submit an egg-design representing their state or territory,” said Nathrani, a Computer Literacy teacher.

Jeroen Montenejo’s art was selected to represent the CNMI in the 141st White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 22. Jeroen Montenejo’s art was selected to represent the CNMI in the 141st White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 22.

She said the decorated eggs, including Montenejo’s, were displayed on the South Lawn of the White House.

To create his entry, Montenejo drew on a paper a scene depicting some of the cultural symbols of Saipan. He then converted his drawing into a digital file using Photoshop.

Jeroen Montenejo, 7th grader at Hopwood Middle School, sketches a design depicting the CNMI.  Contributed photosJeroen Montenejo, 7th grader at Hopwood Middle School, sketches a design depicting the CNMI. Contributed photos

“I came up with this design based on how Saipan feels like as a community. I layered a Latte Stone behind an image of the island. There’s a bird on the left side, plumeria flowers on the right side, mwars around them, an image of a girl that is symbolic of Mother Nature, and a heart for the love we have for the CNMI,” Montenejero said.

He said his brother Jerico, a Marianas High School student, helped him come up with the design. “My brother and I chose blue as the background because it represents the CNMI flag.”

According to Nathrani, the designs were required to be “emblematic of the state/territory and must include state symbols such as the state flag, bird and flower.”