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Student Artwork Makes a Splash

“I Too Can Make A Change,” a work by Esmeralda Banuelos, student at Renaissance High School for the Arts, won first place in the high school division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration art contest.

Winners of the contest are:

Grades 3-5: 1st — Megan Kaplinsky’s third grade class, Harte; 2nd — Angel Posos, Dooley; 3rd — Enrique Cruz, Dooley; Honorable Mention — Alondra Orozco, Dooley.

Grades 6-8: 1st — Adrienne Sandstedt’s Period 5 class, Lindsey; 2nd — Adrienne Sandstedt’s Period 2 class, Lindsey; 3rd — Adrienne Sandstedt’s Period 3 class, Lindsey.

Grades 9-12: 1st — Esmeralda Banuelos, Renaissance; 2nd — Randolf Farwell, Cabrillo; 3rd — Arturo Torres, CAMS; Honorable Mention — Teresa Roman, CAMS; Margan McGuire, Renaissance; and Katy Allen, Millikan.

The recent contest was judged at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Judges included Robert Wyland, who has painted several huge outdoor murals of whales and undersea life, including one that encircles the Long Beach Arena.