2015 contest winners
middle school

You asked,
we answered!

Thank you to all the middle school teachers who reached out to ask that we open the Ocean Awareness Student Contest to Middle School Students. We did it, and we are so glad that we did!

There was a tremendous middle school response to this year’s contest. With so many high caliber entries, we found it difficult to choose the winners. Each entry reflection contributed to the power of the collective voice, the voice that calls us to be better caretakers of the ocean and the voice that helps educate our families and schoolmates about the ocean. Whether you won or not, you are making a difference for the ocean and we are proud of each of you for developing your ocean voice and letting it swell and bellow!

Linda Cabot
Founder of Bow Seat
Ocean Awareness Programs

Doyeon Kim

Gaspar de Portola
Middle School
Tarzana, CA

“The Haul of the Seal”

Sylvia Nica

Nagel Middle School
Cincinnati, OH
 

Prashant Mainkar

Valleyview Middle School
Denville, NJ

sponsor recognition awards

Jess Baxter

Language Arts Teacher
York Middle School
York ME

Lindsay Bowman

History Teacher
Harrisburg Academy
Wormleysburg, PA

Sarah Masanek

English Teacher
The Frances Xavier
Warde School
Chicago IL

Lisa Weidenbach

Art Teacher
Lake Travis Middle School Spicewood TX

Gold

Award

$1,000

Doyeon (Donna) Kim

Gaspar De Portola Middle School
Tarzana, CA
Sponsor: Hyun Kim, Parent
 

Gaspar De Portola Middle School

$750 Award

Silver

Awards

$750

Roselene Chen

Horner Junior High
Fremont, CA
Sponsor: Gary Chen, Parent

Kacey M Kim

Horace Mann School
Beverly Hills, CA
Sponsor: Eunah Lee, parent

Kristy Lee

Prism Art School
Los Angeles, CA
Sponsor: Anna Pak, Art Teacher

Bronze
Awards

$250

Cooper Bodeo-Lomicky

Commonwealth Connections Academy Harrisburg, PA
Sponsor: Tracy Bodeo, Parent

Savannah Meyer

Bernard Campbell Middle School
Lee's Summit, MO
Sponsor: Whitney Benson, Art Teacher

Taha Sihorwala

Community House Middle School
Charlotte, NC
Sponsor: Lela Kometiani, Art teacher

Jennifer Yang

Chino Valley Art Academy
Chino, CA
Sponsor: Diana Danielis, Art Teacher

Distinguished
Honorable
Mention

$100

Diane Choi

Art and Community Magnet Academy Beaverton, OR

Kaydee Hong

Palos Verdes Intermediate School
Palos Verdes Estate, CA

Sarah Arim Kong

Pilgrim School
Los Angeles, CA

Eric Lin

Loving Savior
Chino Hills, CA

Kaitlyn Rawlings

Washburn Rural Middle School
Topeka, KS

Cindy Tsou

Kapolei Middle School Kapolei, HI

Honorable
Mention

$100

Madeline Bain

Pittsburgh CAPA Pittsburgh, PA

Christina Chen

Sun Shine Studio Bridgewater, NJ

Caitlin Chen

Sanford Middle School Sanford, FL

Kayla Kim

NY Art Studio
New York, NY

Isabella Kwon

CV Art Studio
San Diego, CA

Grace Nix

Medallion Art School Vancouver, WA

Luke Wabro

Thamesmead School Shepperton, Surrey, UK

Gold

Award

$1,000

Connor Webb

Collegiate School
Richmond, VA
Sponsor: Ruth Webb, Parent
 

Collegiate School

$750 Award

“Indispensable Devices, Trashed Every Day”

Silver

Award

$750

Ashley Lin

Shahala Middle School
Vancouver, WA
Sponsr: Doris Chu, Parent
 

“My Companion”
 

Bronze

Award

$250

Caleb Wilkerson

Frances Xavier Warde School
Chicago, IL
Sponsor: Sarah Masanek, English Teacher
 

“Our Pollution, Our Solution”

Honorable
Mention

$100

Reizlan Ame

Carpe Diem
Pretoria, Gaunteng, South Africa
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Brenna Anderson

Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School
East Harwich, MA
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Max Antoniou

Frances Xavier Warde School
Chicago, IL
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Ryan Christian

Frances Xavier Warde School
Chicago, IL
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Elijah Davis

Frances Xavier Warde School
Chicago, IL
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Tatyana Garcia &
Melany Quintero

Apollo Middle School
Hollywood, FL
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Helen Han

James Ruse Agricultural High School
Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Cassandra Hubler

Lowell Scott Middle School
Boise, ID
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Diana Kalantar

Ridgecrest Intermediate School
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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Faith McHan

Trickum Middle School
Lilburn, GA
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Sylvia Nica

Nagel Middle School
Cincinnati, OH
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Alekhya Pidugu

Lisa Academy Wear
Little Rock, AK
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Vijeta Revankar

League City Intermediate
League City, TX
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Brook Roberg

York Middle School
York, ME
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Bella Shydlowski

Frances Xavier Warde School
Chicago, IL
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Joanna Taggart

Frances Xavier Warde School
Chicago, IL
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Jaline Tay

Winfield Middle School
Winfield, WV
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Gold

Award

$1,000

Sylvia Nica

Nagel Middle School, Cincinnati, OH
Sponsor: Mihaela Nica, Parent
 

Nagel Middle School

$750 Award

“The Haul of the Seal”

Silver

Award

$750

Audrey Grimes

York Middle School, York, ME
Sponsor: Jess Baxter, Language Arts Teacher

“What Lies Beneath”

Bronze

Award

$250

Sophie Kolakowski

Jockey Hollow Middle School, Monroe, CT
Sponsor: Michael Kolakowski, Parent

“The Plastic Oceans”

Sophia Newton

York Middle School, York, ME
Sponsor: Jess Baxter, Language Arts Teacher

“Plastic Usage,
A Human Addiction”

Honorable
Mention

$100

Maria Bryan

Frances Xaviar Warde
Chicago, IL
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Peyton Cassel

Manor Middle School
Lancaster, PA
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Carolyn Frank

Homeschool
Farmington, ME
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Caroline Leal

York Middle School
York, ME
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Somya Pandey

Triangle Math and Science Academy
Apex, NC
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Alexis Pina-Loera

Manatee Middle School
Naples, FL
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Swathi Shivaram

Piney Grove
Cumming, GA
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Kayla Yesu

Granite Valley Middle School
Monson, MA
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Judges' Pick

$100

Kenichi Matsuo

Pioneer Middle School
Irvine, CA
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Gold

Award

$1,000

Prashant Mainkar

Valleyview Middle School
Denville, NJ
Sponsor: Eleni Koukoularis, Parent
 

Valleyview Middle School

$750 Award

Silver

Award

$750

Prerana Pai

Delhi Private School
Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Sponsor: Ragini Shenoy, Parent
 

 

Bronze

Award

$250

Trevor Webb

York Middle School
York, ME
Sponsor: Kevin Webb, Parent
 

 

Honorable
Mention

$100

Hannah Byers, Grace Gear & Julia McCarthy

York Middle School York, ME

Colton Glasgow

Mill Pond School
Westborough, MA

Olivia Gorak-Lacquement

Harrisburg Academy
Wormleysburg, PA

Hannah Merwin & Maci Wert

Harrisburg Academy
Wormleysburg, PA

Nadiya Torchilo

Harrisburg Academy
Wormleysburg, PA

Lissette Vega & Nicole Zwergel

Harrisburg Academy Wormleysburg, PA