Winners of the 2016-2017 Ocean Steward Art Contest

Grand Prize Winner:   Save The Marine Life, by Yoltzin Delgado

Grand Prize Winner:  Save The Marine Life, by Yoltzin Delgado

O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) and its Board of Directors are proud to announce the winners of the 2016-2017 Ocean Steward Art Contest. Yoltzin Delgado (grade 4), of Boulder Creek Elementary in Boulder Creek, CA, is the grand prize winner. Her watercolor and marker artwork titled, "Save the Marine Life," depicts an underwater world of distinctly contrasting views - the direct result of human impact. On one side, we witness the dark and detrimental harm of ocean pollution from both point and non-point sources, as well as a large-scale fishing trawler harvesting from the ocean food chain. On the other side, however, the marine life is thriving in a bright and healthy ecosystem while beach goers remove trash at sunset near wind turbines creating alternative energy. Conveyed beautifully, Yoltzin shows how individual choices and behaviors lead to very different environmental outcomes. As this year's Ocean Steward Art Contest winner, she and her teacher, Reilly McCoy, will each receive family passes for a one-hour public sail aboard the Team O’Neill catamaran.

In honor of Yoltzin Delgado and her award winning piece, O’Neill Sea Odyssey will present an enlarged mounted copy of the artwork to both Boulder Creek Elementary and Leslie & Troy Daniels, who provided funding for Miss McCoy’s class. Three of the four honorable mention winners include Amber Boothby (grade 6) of Scotts Valley Middle School in Scotts Valley, CA, and Maverick Meuller (grade 5) and Nicole Perez (grade 5) of King City Arts Magnet in King City, CA. These five students will all receive accolades as O'Neill Sea Odyssey Ocean Stewards and their artwork will be exhibited in the OSO classrooms. Congratulations to all!

About the Ocean Steward Art Contest

The Ocean Steward Art Contest is an opportunity for students in grades 4-6, who have participated in the O’Neill Sea Odyssey program, to creatively interpret the watershed, marine and/or stewardship themes learned while attending OSO. The contest is held annually and encourages students to further consider the lessons and experiences of the program. Additionally, it is an opportunity for OSO and its Board of Directors to connect with, recognize, and award the stewardship efforts of the students, teachers, schools and communities. You can read more about these efforts happening at King City Arts Magnet in our blog post from May 26 and view the artwork of all our past contest winners here.

Creating art is a powerful means of communicating behaviors and emotions regardless of cultural and/or socio-economic background.
— Adam Steckley
Adam Steckley