By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– “Care For the Air We Share” was the theme of the MDAQMD’s 20th Annual Clean Air Month Poster Contest. The competition drew more than 300 entries from fledgling artists throughout the MDAQMD’s jurisdiction, which encompasses the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and Riverside County’s Palo Verde Valley.
Twelve winners were selected in four grade categories—K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12. During an awards ceremony held at the MDAQMD on June 1st, winners received gift cards ranging in denomination from $25 to $100, depending on place awarded. Teachers whose students were selected as contest winners were also recognized for encouraging their participation. Each winning poster and its artist will be featured in the MDAQMD’s 2017 calendar, which will be published this fall and made available to the public.
The contest was co-sponsored by the Daily Press, the Air & Waste Management Association’s Mojave Desert Chapter and Victor Valley Transit Authority, which also awarded bicycles to two contest participants, whose names were drawn at random from all entries received.
The MDAQMD’s annual poster contest is held each May as a vehicle for raising awareness amongst High Desert youngsters regarding the pivotal role individual actions and choices play in protecting local air quality.
Pictured left to right, bottom row, are: Heidi Basurto, 2nd Place, 3-5 , George Visual Arts, Adelanto; Amaris Sanderfer, 1st Place, K-2, Mariana Academy, Apple Valley; Guadalupe Rodas, 1st Place, 3-5, George Visual Arts, Adelanto; Rylee Nino,2nd Place, K-2, Mariana Academy, Apple Valley; Angelina Soupene, 3rd Place, K-2, Mariana Academy, Apple Valley; Rebecca Garcia, 1st Place, 9-12, Riverside Preparatory, Oro Grande; Riley Baker, 2nd Place, 9-12, Granite Hills High School, Apple Valley.
Pictured left to right, front row, are: Angie Callahan, Daily Press; Audrey Barnhart, 1st Place, 6-8, Riverside Preparatory, Oro Grande; Patricia Pimentel, 2nd Place, 6-8, Hesperia Junior High School, Hesperia; Samantha Hernandez, 3rd Place, 6-8, Hesperia Junior High School, Hesperia; Roseana Navarro-Brasington, Mojave Desert AQMD.