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Aquarium Hosts Regional Coastal America Art Contest

Aquarium Hosts Regional Coastal America Art Contest
Seventh grader Alyson Lucas won first place in the national contest with her drawing, "Ocean in Motion."  | Alyson Lucas

Arts | Education

June 13, 2014

The Aquarium of the Pacific was among eleven aquariums to participate in the national Ocean Art Contest sponsored by the Coastal America Partnership (CAP) by submitting entries from the local community. Coastal America is an alliance of public and private organizations and federal, state, and local agencies that fosters resilient coasts and thriving coastal communities. Two of the submissions to the Aquarium’s regional contest went on to win at the national level: Natalie Carranza won first place in the Group 1 category, and Alyson Luca won first place in the Group 3 category.

The purpose of the contest is to enhance public awareness of the importance of the ocean and to convey how personal actions affect the ocean. Contestants entered at the regional level in one of the five age categories. A panel of ocean experts judged regional art from the eleven participating aquariums to determine a first-place winner for each of the five categories. Winners from each category were moved onto the national level of the competition.

The winning artwork will join a travelling exhibition that will be displayed at several of the participating learning centers during 2014 and 2015. In addition, each winner will receive a cash scholarship and commemorative plaque. The travelling exhibition and awards are made possible by donations from LGL Alaska Research Associates and the Gene Cope Memorial Fund.

The Aquarium’s regional and national winners include:

Group 1: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

  • National 1st Place: Natalie Carranza, Kindergarten, How Humans Explore Life in the Ocean
  • Regional 1st Place: Angela Hernandez, 2nd Grade, The Discovery Under the Sea
  • Regional 2nd Place: Ariana Perez, 2nd Grade, Under Water Cave

Group 2: 3rd - 5th Grade

  • Regional 1st Place: Katharine Wang, 5th Grade, Colors of the Sea
  • Regional 2nd Place: Renee Chan, 3rd Grade, Ocean City
  • Regional 3rd Place: Pramuditha Sithumini Madigopola, 3rd Grade, Wonderful Ocean

Group 3: 6th - 8th Grade

  • National 1st Place: Alyson Lucas, 7th Grade, Ocean in Motion
  • Regional 1st Place: Olivia Hataway, 8th Grade, Misunderstood Sharks
  • Regional 2nd Place: Kalia Hackman, 8th Grade, Understanding the Ocean is a Matter of Time

Group 4: Art 8th - 12th Grade

  • Regional 1st Place: Joanne Lee, 11th Grade, Untitled
  • Regional 2nd Place: Anh Phoung Nguyen, 10th Grade, The diversity of the Ocean
  • Regional 3rd Place: Jasmine Mirzamani, 12th Grade, Nature’s Tears

Group 5: Art Adult

  • Regional 1st Place: Ruth Xu, One World
  • Regional 2nd Place: Shawn Nelson, Generation Now
  • Regional 3rd Place: Maggie Carranza, Human Life in Ocean’s Womb

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