River of Words - 2005

Each year, in affiliation with River of Words, the Sacramento River Watershed Program conducts a free poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of watersheds. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express, through poetry and art, what they discover.

By deepening children’s understanding of nature through art and words, “we’re trying to grow a generation of earth stewards,” said Pamela Michael, the executive director of River of Words. “If you give children a chance to make a connection to the place they live in and the natural world, then their behaviors are nurturing and appropriate… and creativity generates art and solutions to real problems.”

River of Words, a non-profit organization based out of Berkeley, CA, sponsors the annual international contest. The Sacramento River Watershed Program partners with River of Words and conducts a local contest for entries received within the Sacramento River Watershed and Delta. This year, artwork and poetry submissions were judged by Sacramento River Watershed Program staff and Board of Trustees. The Sacramento River Watershed Program received over 160 poems and works of art this year and chose a grand prize and finalist for each of the four categories. All winners receive gift certificates and other prizes. Winning artwork and poetry will also be showcased at the Sacramento River Watershed Program’s annual stakeholder meeting this fall.

Thanks to all of the kids for their entries and congratulations to the following winners!

Click on the artwork to see a large image.

Art Winners

Grand Prizes

Grades K - 2   Grades 3-6   Grades 7-9   Grades 10-12

Swimming Day
Nick Albert
Age 8, Grade 2
Durham Elementary
Durham, CA
 
Falling Creek
Rachel Klassen
Age 11, Grade 6
Willett Elementary
Davis, CA
Teacher: Kim Mann
 
Winter Trees
William Chour
Age 13, Grade 8
Elkhorn Elementary
Stockton, CA
Teacher: Sharie Goodfellow
 
Safety in Numbers
Jennifer Rodriguez
Age 15 , Grade 10
Alternative Learning Center
Stockton, CA
Teacher: Linda Driver

Finalists

Grades K - 2   Grades 3-6   Grades 7-9   Grades 10-12

Road Home
Austyn R. Carpenter
Age 7, Grade 2
Hornbrook School
Oroville, CA
 
Baby turtle by the ocean
Arista Ray Datra
Age 9, Grade 4
Madison Elementary
Stockton, CA
Teacher: Julia Schart
 
My Backyard
Rachel Carpenter
Age 12, Grade 7
Home School
Oroville, CA
 
Indian Village
Satinderjet Nijjar
Age 15, Grade 10
Bear Creek High School
Stockton, CA
Teacher: Dan Riordan

Poetry Winners

Grand Prizes

Grades K - 2   Grades 3-6   Grades 7-9   Grades 10-12
Salmon Travel
Scott Relf
Durham, CA
[View poem]
  Sarah Sadler
Davis, CA
[View poem]
  Maddelynn Copper
Durham, CA
[View poem]
  Jacquelyn Jackson
Stockton, CA
[View poem]

Finalists

Grades K - 2   Grades 3-6   Grades 7-9   Grades 10-12
Sierra Skye Root
Chico, CA
[View poem]
  Jennie Hawkins
Davis, CA
[View poem]
  Ryan Schreiber
Valley Springs, CA
[View poem]
  Heather Ross
Lodi, CA
[View poem]