Girl, 16, wins Oakley art contest she didn’t know was contest

Initially, Oakley resident Charitie Tosuner registered her daughter, Layla Tosuner, for Oakley’s recent annual Rock the Chalk competition for her daughter to enjoy an art activity.

The two had no idea it was a contest, but Layla won.

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An 11th-grade student home-schooled by her parents, Layla took first place in her age category against several contestants, drawing a colorful eye with palm trees in the iris. She put a lot of thought into her original design, which took her a bit less than an hour to draw under the morning sun April 23 at Civic Center Plaza. The contest was part of the city’s annual Art in the Park event.

“I, like everyone, encounter the human eye on a daily basis. Sight is one of the most important senses we as people possess,” she said. “The eye is how people connect. Eyes are the mirrors to the soul; its how you get to know someone. They are symbols of trust and seeing someone in their true colors. I feel that sight is one of the most important senses that anyone can have — to feel what they think.”

She explained why she added palm trees.

Angelia S. Rico

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