River of Words - 2009

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 hundreds of art entries this year and chose a grand prize and finalist for each of the four categories.

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

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Art Winners

1st Place

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

Great Blue Heron
Daniel Knight
Age 7, Grade 2
Watsonville Charter School of the Arts Watsonville, CA

 
Frog Pond
Jessie Zhao
Age 9, Grade 4
Dilworth School
San Jose, CA
 
Fox gets lost
David Zhang
Age 12, Grade 7
Cindy Art Studio
San Jose, CA
 
Wading in the Water
Joshua Vega
Age 18, Grade 12
San Benito High School
Hollister, CA

2nd Place

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

Black neck stile
Natalie Uduc
Age 5, Kindergarden
Lindscott Charter School
Watsonville, CA
 
Great Egret
Madeleine McGuire
Age 10, Grade 5
Lindscott Charter School
Watsonville, CA
 
The Beauty of Nature
Kara Lee
Age 12, Grade 7
Cindy Art Studio
San Jose, CA
 
Kingfishin
Arielle Ogas
Age 18, Grade 12
San Benito High School
Hollister, CA

Honorable Mention

Grades K - 2   Grades 3-6   Grades 7-9   Grades 10-12
   
Kill Deer
Golliath Martinez
Age 10, Grade 5
Linscott Charter
Watsonville, CA