River of Words - 2008

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 300 poems and 300 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

1st Place

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

Turtle on a Log
Jackson Long
Age 7, Grade 2
Maple Creek Elementary School
Fresno, CA
 
The Waterfall
Jose Guzman
Age 10, Grade 5
Madison Elementary
Stockton, CA
 
Blurred Reflections
Michelle Chung
Age 14, Grade 9
Palo Alto High School
Palo Alto, CA
 
Friendly Amphibian
Crystal Perreira
Age 16, Grade 11
San Benito High School
Hollister, CA

2nd Place

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

Great Blue Heron
Hazel Guzman
Age 7, Grade 2
Linscott Charter
Watsonville, CA
 
Great Blue Heron
Dakota Farbor
Age 11, Grade 5
Linscott Charter
Watsonville, CA
 
Flowing
Cory Tenanes
Age 15, Grade 9
Palo Alto High School
Palo Alto, CA
 
I am a River of Words
Kimberly Noble
Age 17, Grade 11
Palo Alto High School
Palo Alto, CA

Honorable Mention

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

Salmon Family
Nonna Simmons
Age 7, Grade 2
Klamath River, CA
     
Big Fish in a Little Pond
Alex Kershner
Age 14, Grade 9
Palo Alto High School
Palo Alto, CA
   
         

Raccoon in Trash
Martin Cassidy
Age 8, Grade 2
Linscott Charter
Watsonville, CA
   
Masterpiece!
Lorraine Ibay
Age 12, Grade 7
Dallas Ranch Middle School
Antioch, CA
 

Poetry Winners

1st Place

Grades K - 2   Grades 3-6   Grades 7-9   Grades 10-12
Sun, Moon, and Wind
Tiffany T. Liu
Age 8, Grade 2
Jensen Ranch Elementary
Castro Valley, CA
[View poem]
  The River
Patrick Tehaney
Age 11, Grade 6
Marina Village Middle School
El Dorado Hills, CA
[View poem]
  Staircases of Sand
Alexandra Dyssegard
Age 13, Grade 8
Marina Village Middle School
El Dorado Hills, CA
[View poem]
   

2nd Place

Grades K - 2   Grades 3-6   Grades 7-9   Grades 10-12
Adair Arreola
Age 8, Grade 2
Gault Elementary
Santa Cruz, CA
[View poem]
  A Change
Anna Ayala
Age 10, Grade 5
Pony Express Elementary
Sacramento, CA
[View poem]
  The Oak
Stefan Nilsen
Age: 12 Grade: 7
Avery Middle School
Avery, CA
[View poem]
   

Honorable Mention

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

The Calm River
Ryan Wilbanks
Age 10, Grade 5
Prestwood Elementary
Sonoma, CA
[View poem]

  Guardians of the Forest
Katie Harrison
Age 14, Grade 8 Avery Middle School
Avery, CA
[View poem]