Artwork wins Round Rock Elementary 6th grader a Caribbean cruise

Debbie Bong earns top honor in 2017 Adopt-A-Beach Children's Art Contest

Contact: Brittany Eck
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PRESS RELEASE — May 01, 2017

AUSTIN — AUSTIN - Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Treasures of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest. The grand prize winner, selected from the 40 overall winners, was Debbie Bong, a 6th grader from Ridgeview Middle School in Round Rock. Debbie's teacher, Kara Russell, will also receive a prize package as well. Download hi-res images of all the winning artwork at

"Thousands of children across the state participated in the 21st anniversary Treasures of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest," Bush said. "This contest is a great way for young Texans to show their artistic skill and vision while learning about the natural beauty of our precious coast. Each year selecting the winners is a tough process because of the volume of creative submissions, but Debbie's artwork stood out for its unique expression of playfulness on the Texas coast."

Debbie's artwork, along with 39 runners-up, will appear on the cover of the 2018 Adopt-A-Beach calendar, which will be distributed statewide. The artwork of all winners will be on public display in the South-Central Gallery of the Texas Capitol May 23rd - 31st for all visitors to view and appreciate. The exhibit will be sponsored by Texas State Representative Eddie Lucio, III (District 38, Brownsville).

Debbie's winning artwork earned her two-round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines to any United destination in the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean, one seven-night Caribbean cruise from Royal Caribbean International departing out of Galveston, Miami, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Port Canaveral or Puerto Rico, and a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels. Debbie's teacher, Kara Russell, will receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines, and one seven-night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Royal Caribbean International. 

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush selected Debbie's masterpiece from more than 3,200 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. 

All 40 winners will receive a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, a ticket to the Houston Zoo, two all-day passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, prizes and a certificate of recognition from the Texas General Land Office and a calendar displaying the winning artwork.

2017 Treasures of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest Winners 

Winner Name

School Name


K, 1st and 2nd Grades



Meghana Akarapu

Falak Art Studio


Daisy Chen

Williams Elementary


Eileen Chi

Pattison Elementary


Evan Feng

Hanjie Arts Center


Addison Hunt

Our Lady of Victory


Sophia Lai

Dallas Arts Studio


Kaiden Mui

Seashore Learning Center

Corpus Christi

Ella Shannon

Our Lady of Victory


Jacob Spangenberg

Hallettsville Elementary


Keida Willis

Childress Elementary


3rd - 4th Grades



Gabriella Bustamante

Driscoll ISD


Ailsa Cheng

Roosevelt Alexander Elementary


Mabel Dowell

Dallas Arts Studio


Jayden Galvan

Driscoll ISD


Abbigayle Garcia

Pineywoods Community Academy


Vera Hsiang

Windsor Park Elementary

Corpus Christi

Kamryn Milam

Carver Center


Jose Rosas

Episcopal Day School


Joi Speck

Fulton 4-5 Learning Center


Eric Zhang

Roosevelt Alexander Elementary


5th Grade



Laura "Corinne" Buchanan

Morgan Mill ISD

Morgan Mill

Taylor Checker

Sandra Mossman Elementary

League City

Jaeleah Galvan

Driscoll ISD


Kwincie Godfrey

Sul Ross Elementary


Mia Mabray

Our Lady of Victory


Meredith Ostos

Morningside Elementary

New Braunfels

Adam Roth

White Rock Montessori


Kaylen Smith

Our Lady of Victory


Tyanne Ugorji

Ferris Intermediate


Meaghan Williams

Dawson Elementary

Corpus Christi

6th Grade



Sarina Alvarado

Kelton ISD


Debbie Bong*

Ridgeview Middle School

Round Rock

Jessica Chai

Beckendorff Junior High


Brooke Criner

Grace Academy


Houston Jordan

Fasken Elementary


Abigail Kim

Dallas Arts Studio


Cara McMillan

River Valley Intermediate


Caden Nelson

Kelton ISD


Karsten Walker

Murals & More


Victoria Zhang

Tays Junior High


*Grand prize winner  

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



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