Giant Pacific Octopus by Erick Villegas, 12th grade, Los Angeles

Youth Art Inspired by California's Ocean and Coast


California Coastal Commission 2013 K-12 Art & Poetry Contest


The poetry of three San Diego students will be among that of 47 California students on exhibit from November 23 through January 21 at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The students are the winners of the 2013 California Coastal Art and Poetry Contest for kindergarten through 12th grade students, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission. 

This year, 2,260 students entered the California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. San Diego 1st grader Hugh Burnell received honorable mention for his poem “Hello, Ocean,” (inspired by Pam Munoz-Ryan’s children’s book of the same name), as did Oceanside 8th grader Hannah Prior for her poem “Drowning,” and San Marcos 10th grader Jordan Kaiser for “Monterey Bay.”

The California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest is held annually to encourage youth to reflect on the beauty and spirit of California's beaches and ocean. Through this effort, the California Coastal Commission endeavors to inspire a greater sense of appreciation and stewardship for these natural places.

Entries for the 2014 contest must be postmarked by January 31. More information about the contest and the Commission’s other education programs may be found at
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