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Commentary | Aug. 24, 2021

Young artists spotlight the vital role of seafarers in the 2021 Student Art Contest

By Patrick Ferraris, Coast Guard Office of Civil Rights 

The Coast Guard is excited to announce Ahdia M. and Jolie Z. as the grand prize winners of the annual Student Art Contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States (CIP-OAS). Nearly 200 students created posters that depict the important role seafarers play in the maritime industry.  

Along with the two grand prize winners, 10 finalists were selected for submitting work that represented the best entries of the year. All finalists will receive a certificate and a calendar featuring their artwork, while the two grand prize winners will receive an additional cash prize and a Coast Guard prize package.  

We would like to congratulate all the young artists who participated, and we look forward to next year’s contest!  

About the contest 

Every year, students in grades K-12 throughout the Americas (North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean) are invited to create a poster based on an annual world maritime theme identified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). 2021’s theme was “Seafarer’s: At the Core of Shipping’s Future.” The contest fosters interest in the marine environment amongst the youth through art. There are two categories: grades kindergarten through fifth and sixth through 12th. A bilingual calendar is printed showcasing the winning entries and is available upon request.    

The 2021 grand prize winners and finalists and their art are featured below: 

Grand Prize Winners 

Grades K-5 

Ahdia M. – 3rd grade, Valley View Elementary School, Rocklin, California, USA, is the grand prize winner of grades K-5.
Ahdia M. – 3rd grade, Valley View Elementary School, Rocklin, California, USA, is the grand prize winner of grades K-5.
 

Grades 6-12

Jolie Z. – 7th grade, Wang Qi Art Institute, San Francisco, California, USA, is the grand prize winner of grades 6-12.
Jolie Z. – 7th grade, Wang Qi Art Institute, San Francisco, California, USA, is the grand prize winner of grades 6-12.

 

Finalists 
Grades K-5 
 

Arianna B.  - 5th grade, College Park Elementary School, San Mateo, California, USA
Arianna B.  - 5th grade, College Park Elementary School, San Mateo, California, USA

Nathan B. – K, Cootes Paradise Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 

Nathan B. – K, Cootes Paradise Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 
Clara L. – 5th grade, Spicewood Elementary School, Austin, Texas, USA 

Clara L. – 5th grade, Spicewood Elementary School, Austin, Texas, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hsing-Yu L. – 3rd grade, Oster Elementary School.  San Jose, California, USA 
Hsing-Yu L. – 3rd grade, Oster Elementary School.  San Jose, California, USA

Grades 6-12​

Amanda G. – 9th grade, The Pine School, Hobe Sound, Florida, USA 
Amanda G. – 9th grade, The Pine School, Hobe Sound, Florida, USA
Ying-Chen L. – 6th grade, Dartmouth Middle School, San Jose, California, USA 
Ying-Chen L. – 6th grade, Dartmouth Middle School, San Jose, California, USA
Ava M. – 10th grade, Mundelein High School, Mundelein, Illinois, USA 
Ava M. – 10th grade, Mundelein High School, Mundelein, Illinois, USA
Camila N. – 7th grade, St. Francis of Assisi, Cordova, Tennessee, USA 
Camila N. – 7th grade, St. Francis of Assisi, Cordova, Tennessee, USA
Isabel T. – 11th grade, Northview High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA 

Isabel T. – 11th grade, Northview High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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