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Press Release

Student Artwork Featured in Coastal Resources Calendar

February 27, 2006

The Alabama Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources held an art contest for fourth and fifth grade students in Mobile and Baldwin county schools. The purpose was to promote an awareness and appreciation of Alabama’s coastal resources. More than 1,700 students from 40 schools participated with their art works depicting fishing, marine life, birding, marine litter, and recreational uses for our coastal resources. The result is Alabama’s 2006 “Conserving and Enjoying Alabama’s Coastal Resources” art calendar. Copies of the calendar may be obtained from Marine Resources’ offices in Gulf Shores or Dauphin Island or at the museums where the artwork will be on exhibit.

The winning artwork will is on display at the University of South Alabama Library Gallery through February 28. In April it will be at the Mobile Arts Council on Dauphin Street in Mobile; May through June at the Mobile Museum of Art on Museum Drive; and during the month of July at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope. The Alabama-Mississippi Sea Grant Consortium generously donated the money to have all of the pictures framed and matted for these exhibits.

The following students are the winners in this year’s contest:

Bayside Academy: Maggie Rogers, Anabel Jones, Audrey Arnold, John Graham Parker, Mallory Davis, Haley Heebe, Dylan Kemper, Katherine Ham, Michael Daves, Ruana Tarabein, David DeNeefe

Chi Alpha Academy: Hannah Navarro

Clark School of Math & Science: Angel Willis

Corpus Christi School: Ben Waddell, Emily McLaney, Daniel Payne, Katie Breedlove, Erin Thompson, Ashlyn Simpson, Carl Wampler

Council Traditional School: Alyssa C. Acker-Moffett

Covenant Christian School: Audrey Johnson, Jonathan Dismukes, Karen Ashley DeLoach, Gage Smith

Dauphin Island Elementary: Regina Ladnier, Kyle Clark, Mark Apekhmanov

Dixon Elementary: Cassidy Brenton, Anthony Houston, Devan Day, Sunny Pel, Ryan Deakle, Raymon Fultz, Amber Hill

Fairhope Intermediate: Micah Browning, Breisten Bounds, Tyler Reed, Nichole Smith

Faith Academy: Cydney Chimento, Will Braswell

Foley Intermediate: Kimberly Martinez, Savannah Waldrop, Kaytrielle Jones

Gulf Shores Elementary: Savannah Rae Wilson, Hannah Roth

Hollinger’s Island Elementary: Haley Stuart

Hutchens Elementary: Geoffrey Young, Emily Bridge, Sarah Beeson, Meghan Sergeant, Clay Roberts

J.E. Turner Elementary: Michaela O’Brien, Chandien Beech, Aaron Beach

Knollwood Christian: Cory A. Dorsey, Melodie C. Byrd

Loxley Elementary: Brandon Alan Torres.

Mary B. Austin Elementary: Dahne Jones

Mcdavid-Jones Elementary: Jonathan Ivy Buckley

Rosinton Elementary: Alexis Pearson, Travis LaCoste, Timmy Bankester, Bucky Enfinger, Paul Booles

St. Benedict School: Bailey Boyd, Race Rankin

St. Luke’s Episcopal: Brock Payne, Lucas Thornton

St. Mark School: Paige Normand, Joseph Wagner

UMS-Wright Preparatory School: Stephen Shaw, Sarah Madeleine Samuels

Other Participating Schools were Allentown Elementary, Bay Minette Intermediate, Calcedeaver Elementary, Cottage Hill Baptist School, Eichold-Mertz Elementary, Griggs Elementary, Kate Shepard Elementary, Maryvale Elementary, North Mobile Christian School, Orange Beach Elementary, Perdido Elementary, Robertsdale Elementary, Rockwell Elementary, Tanner Williams Elementary, Trinity Lutheran School and Wilmer Elementary.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

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