2017-2018 Ocean Steward Art Contest Winners

Grand prize winner : "Protect Our Oceans" by Mateusz Niemiec

Grand prize winner: "Protect Our Oceans" by Mateusz Niemiec

Congratulations to Mateusz Niemiec, a 6th grader from Scotts Valley Middle School, CA, as the grand prize winner of the 2017-2018 Ocean Steward Art contest.  O’Neill Sea Odyssey and its Board of Directors selected Mateusz’s original color pencil artwork “Protect Our Oceans” which depicts an oil tanker spilling oil into the ocean.  The harmful effects of oil are catastrophic to marine life and the ocean environment.  Raising awareness about oil spills and reducing our reliance on oil is an important message.  Mateusz and his teacher, Renae Fish, will each receive family passes for a one hour public sail aboard the Team O’Neill catamaran.  In honor of Mateusz and his award winning piece, O’Neill Sea Odyssey will present an enlarged mounted copy of the artwork to both Scotts Valley Middle School and the City of Scotts Valley, who provided funding for Ms. Fish’s class. 

The eight honorable mention winners include: Jason Hsu (grade 5) of G. W. Helleyer Elementary School, Isabella Morairty (grade 4) of Vine Hill Elementary, Sofia Grigg (grade 6) of Scotts Valley Middle School, Sishira A.V. (grade 5) of Lynhaven School, Donovan Ferreira (grade 4) of Westwood Elementary, Marley Chavez-Silva, Samantha Politron and Gizelle Huerta-Orduño (grade 4) of Santa Lucia Elementary, King City, CA.  These eight 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.  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.

Nikki Brooks