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Contact: Gloria Sandoval
(916) 715-1657

January 26, 2004

Young Artists Win DBW Honors

This week, Department of Boating and Waterways staff will be traveling to California schools statewide to honor students for their efforts to promote boating and water safety by participating in the 11th annual Safe & Wise Water Ways poster calendar contest. A list of students and their schools follows:

Grade Name School Name City County
HM Rick Johnson Manuel L. Real Elementary Perris Riverside
K Arielle Jasmine Irada Zachary Taylor School Stockton San Joaquin
First Isabella Carreon City of Angels Sherman Oaks Los Angeles
Second Brooke Gertsch Empire Oaks Elementary Folsom Sacramento
Third Paula Hughes Sierra Canyon School Chatsworth Los Angeles
Fourth Kristi Lin Torrey Pines Elementary La Jolla San Diego
Fifth Jade Spiers City of Angels Sherman Oaks Los Angeles
Sixth Brian Lim Highlands Christian Schools San Bruno San Mateo
Seventh Natasha Hanna-Scott Dwyer Middle Schools Huntington Beach Orange
Eighth Jessica Moffitt Alta Loma Junior High Alta Loma San Bernardino

Winners Artwork Gallery 1
Winners Artwork Gallery 2

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of fourteen nationwide, making boating and aquatic safety education crucial. Student contest participants are asked to submit artwork depicting safe boating and aquatic themes. A total of nine winners, one from each grade level, are chosen to have their submissions featured on the DBW's annual poster calendar. This contest turns students into teachers as they pass on the lessons they learned through their artwork.

For more information, please contact Gloria Sandoval at (916) 715-1657.