For Immediate Release: April 22, 1998
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



18 Grade Schoolers Saluted
in Statewide Poster Contest



SACRAMENTO -- On Earth Day 1998, 18 California grade school students were honored by the California Energy Commission for creating the winning entries in its statewide poster contest.

The drawings of environmentally friendly energy sources submitted by the young artists will illustrate an 18-month calendar to be printed by the Commission.

The poster contest, "California on the Renewable Road," encouraged teachers and students in grades three through eight to learn more about such clean energy sources as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and small hydro power.

"As California's $23 billion electricity industry becomes competitive, many consumers can now choose "green" power sources that will improve air quality and reduce greenhouse emissions while supporting renewable energy industries," said Energy Commission Executive Director Stephen Rhoads. "Children like these with creative minds and bright outlooks can have a powerful influence on California's environmental and economic health."

The winners, selected from nearly a thousand entrants, include Ashley-Dawn Mead, 5th grade, San Jose Academy, Anza; Shaneal Chandra, 6th grade, A Street Elementary, Perris; Sarah Cullado, 8th grade, Meadowbrook Middle School, Poway; Brooke Olivares, 8th grade, Parkway Middle School, La Mesa; Sarah Barbour, 3rd grade, Waldorf School, Newport Beach; Ana Yu, 7th grade, Acacia Woods School, Anaheim; Saad Hameed, 6th grade, Serrano Intermediate School, Lake Forest; Elizabeth Epps, 6th grade, Archer School, Pacific Palisades; Charles Wang, 4th grade, Vejar Elementary, Walnut; Barrett Brown, 5th grade, Family School, Los Olivos; Oneyra Aboyte, 6th grade, A. M. Thomas Middle School, Lost Hills; and Michael Zeiders, 6th grade, Rio Bravo Greeley School, Bakersfield.

Northern California student winners are Morgan Jones, 3rd grade, Carden School, Sacramento; Julia Soto, 4th grade, Sacred Heart School, Sacramento; Nick Spinella, 7th grade, Camerado Springs Middle School, Shingle Springs; Marina Dolginsky, 7th grade, C. T. English Middle School, Los Gatos; Lisa Kuma, 6th grade, Lakeview School, Oakland; and Sarah Whitten, 6th grade, H. Glen Richardson School, Fairfield.

Each of the winners will receive a $100 U. S. savings bond, T-shirts and other prizes. Their teachers will receive a $50 cash award for the purchases of classroom supplies, and a CD-ROM encyclopedia.

Winning poster designs can be viewed at the Commission's Web Site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/education/artcontest/98winners

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