Artwork wins Walker Station Elementary 5th grader Caribbean cruise

Teresa So earns top honor in 2016 Adopt-A-Beach Children’s Art Contest

Contact: Brittany Eck
(512) 463-5708
brittany.eck@glo.texas.gov
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PRESS RELEASE — Apr 07, 2016

Teresa So, a 5th grader from Walker Station Elementary in Sugar Land, Texas, is the grand prize winner of the 2016 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush selected Teresa’s art from more than 5,000 entries submitted statewide. The annual competition encourages schoolchildren to learn more about the Texas coast and express what they’ve learned through their art. Open to grades K-6 across Texas, the contest motivates thousands of young artists each year. 

"With more than 5,000 entries statewide, the 20th anniversary of the Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest has broken all previous records," Bush said. "This contest is a great way for young Texans to learn about the natural beauty of our precious coast and to demonstrate their creativity. Having so many young artists participate this year made the decision especially difficult, but Teresa So's submission stood out due to her attention to artistic detail and careful depiction of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, one of five of the world’s seven sea turtle species known to call the Texas coast home.”

Teresa So's artwork, along with 39 runners-up, will appear on the cover of the 2017 Adopt-A-Beach calendar. The artwork of all winners will be on public display in the South Central Gallery of the Texas Capitol May 24th – 31st for all visitors to view and appreciate. The exhibit will be sponsored by Representative Wayne Faircloth (HD 23, Galveston).

Teresa So's winning artwork earns her two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines to any United destination in the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, one 7-night Caribbean cruise from Royal Caribbean International departing out of Galveston, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Port Canaveral or Puerto Rico and a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels.

The grand prize winner's teacher, Karen Germany, also receives two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines, and one 7-night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

Ten winners were chosen from each of four grade-level categories (K – 2nd, 3rd – 4th, 5th and 6th) for a total of 40 winners. All 40 winners will receive a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, a ticket to the Exhibit Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a ticket to the Houston Zoo, two all-day passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, a certificate of recognition and prizes from the Texas General Land Office and a calendar displaying the winning artwork.

To learn more about the Adopt-A-Beach program, visit www.TexasAdoptABeach.org or contact the GLO at 1-877-TX COAST. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/texasadoptabeach and follow us on Twitter at @TXadoptabeach.

 

2016 Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest Winners

Finalist Name

School Name

City

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

 

 

Reid Ballard

Wall Elementary

Wall

Colton Claybar

Little Cypress Elementary

Orange

Clay Darby

St. Mary School

Orange

Amadeus Kwan

First Foundations Pre-School

Austin

Audrey Li

Roosevelt Alexander Elementary

Katy

Alanna Sun

Lakeside Elementary

Coppell

Lilian Sanchez

Castaneda Elementary

McAllen

Nathan Taylor

Harvey Elementary

Kingsville

Khloe Troup

Welder Elementary

Sinton

Katelyn Vera

Clear Fork Elementary

Lockhart

3 – 4 Grades

 

 

Sara Arellano

Athlos Leadership Academy

Brownsville

Katherine Bong

Blackland Prairie Elementary

Round Rock

Vanessa de la Torre

Terrace Elementary

Houston

Elton Huang

Roosevelt Alexander Elementary

Katy

London Jones

Bay Colony Elementary

Dickinson

Makayla McLemore

Martins Mill Elementary

Ben Wheeler

Celeste Pecina

Park Place Elementary

Houston

Arjun Pemmasani

Falak Art Studio

Coppell

Kaylen Smith

Our Lady of Victory

Victoria

Meaghan Williams

Home School

Corpus Christi

5th Grade

 

 

Rudy Aguilar

Burnet Elementary

Odessa

Deborah Bong

Blackland Prairie Elementary

Round Rock

Eve Brogger

Our Lady of Victory

Victoria

Karen Cui

James E. Randolph Elementary

Fulshear

Seth Fatuch

Home School

Conroe

Maxine Fraser

Pease Elementary

Austin

Kasie Kujawa

Terrace Elementary

Houston

Amaya LaFleur

Lorenzo de Zavalla Middle School

Pasadena

Teresa So

Walker Station Elementary

Sugar Land

Hagen Swoboda

Our Lady of Victory

Victoria

6th Grade

 

 

Maya Abrol

Dallas Arts Studio

Dallas

Alexander Adam

Polly Ryan Middle School

Richmond

Sarah Culpepper

Our Lady of Victory

Victoria

Juhyun Lee

Cedar Valley Middle School

Round Rock

Joangelina Perales

Driscoll Middle School

Driscoll

Esmeralda Ramirez

Lucio Middle School

Brownsville

Sloane Solomon

Polly Ryan Middle school

Richmond

Chloe Storm

Lake Travis Middle School

Spicewood

Janijara Un

Westbrook Intermediate

Friendswood

Anna Valenzuela

Our Lady of Victory

Victoria 

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