Three students in April Ellis's art class at San Lorenzo High School were prize winners in this year's Oro Loma Sanitary District poster contest. Hao Trong and Jorge Galvan won 1st and 2nd place in grades 9-10 while Jose Galvan won 1st place in grades 11-12. In addition to the three big winners, eleven other students from Ellis's classes were also recognized with certificates of merit in the contest.
Since 1994, the Oro Loma Sanitary District and Waste Management have sponsored the art contest at local schools in order to raise awareness about waste reduction and other environmental issues. This year's theme, "'Ride the Recycle Cycle'-highlighted the interconnection between recycling, the products we purchase and the environment we live in."
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Winners of the contest are featured in the Oro Loma Sanitary District 15-month calendar and earn cash prizes.
At the awards ceremony student Eduardo Galvan noted, "It's a great feeling to know that you won something by your own effort," while Jorge Galvan praised Oro Loma's support of student artists, "The Oro Loma contest gives you an opportunity to show your capacity in drawing and to express your feelings in today's society."
Ms. Ellis thinks the contest is a great way to engage students in art and environmental issues, "I love doing this assignment with my students. Every year, I try to teach them about recycling and to show them how to recycle and to care for the earth. It is wonderful to have the Oro Loma Poster Contest as a teaching tool and also as a way to continue and refine that conversation with students. I love to see them gain knowledge and win prizes for honoring the earth."
This year, over 2,000 entries were received from 37 schools in the sanitary district (San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, portions of Castro Valley, and the Cities of Hayward and San Leandro).·
Congratulations to all the winners!
Next year's contest theme is, "It's Your Bay, Keep it Clean" Click here for details.