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Two Seattle students awarded for wildlife bridges art contest

Jun 13, 2011
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Jun 13 - Two youth at Dunlap Elementary in south Seattle were honored by the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition for their artwork and essay entries in the 7th annual Bridging Futures Contest.

Two Seattle students awarded for wildlife bridges art contest

Dunlap Elementary winners holding their artwork with I-90 Coalition director Charlie Raines and the check to the winning classroom of teacher Donna Almira.

This morning at a full school assembly at Dunlap Elementary in south Seattle, Charlie Raines and Jen Watkins of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition awarded two students from art teacher Donna Almira’s classroom for their artwork and essay entries to the 7th annual Bridging Futures Contest.

Dunlap was the only elementary school in the state with two students in the top ten winners for the contest this year.  In front of hundreds of their peers and teachers, Jomylene Bless Ines Soriano was recognized for being chosen into the top ten and Susan Wehelie was awarded the western Washington winner. Last week an eastern Washington winner was in the news.

Jomylene wrote in her essay that she thinks “it is very important for the forest animals to cross the highway without getting hit by a car. The animals need to have freedom and go to other places not just stay in the same place every day.”

Susan made the case for wildlife crossing structures in her essay by stating, “I think it's important to have a bridge for the animals because we need to keep the animals safe.  We also need to keep the people who are driving safe.”

They both received a framed copy of their artwork, while Susan was awarded an extra prize package for being the western Washington winner. Since they were from a school with a top winner, their teacher Donna Almira was awarded a $200 check to spend on her classroom.

This year hundreds of Washington State students created drawings and essays depicting wildlife bridges or the problems associated with wildlife and roads as part of the 7th annual Bridging Futures contest co-hosted by Washington State Department of Transportation and I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition.

"Congratulations to the young artists who made it into the Top 10 category of the 2011 Bridging Futures Contest. I commend the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition for sponsoring this project, which I believe is helpful in educating young people throughout the state of the importance of how we can better engineer highways and bridges to accommodate wildlife safety in Washington," said contest judge Representative Mike Armstrong.

See students' Top 10 ads, including those from Dunlap Elementary!

 

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