Ocean Art Contest Winners


August 14, 2008


Ocean Art Contest Winners Displayed at the Texas State Aquarium


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – During the month of August, visitors to the Texas State Aquarium can view the winning artwork from children who participated in the Coastal America Ecosystem Learning Center (CELC) National Ocean Art Contest. The CELC network is comprised of 24 institutions including the Texas State Aquarium, other aquariums, marine laboratories and marine education centers, whose goal is to educate and involve the public in protecting our nation’s coastal and ocean ecosystems.


695 students from across Texas entered their original artwork in the Texas Regional Art Contest.Contestants selected one of the seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy and produced an original art work piece. Judging at the local level consisted of two rounds, with the winning artwork sent to Washington, DC for the national round of competition. Local winners include:


K-2 category

1st – Garrett Rooker, League City, TX

2nd – Audrey Mirasola, Cypress, TX

3rd – Madison Villarreal, Victoria, TX


3-5 category

1st – James Trapp, League City, TX

2nd – Haedyn Standridge, Houston, TX

3rd – Holly Edmiston, Celina, TX


6-8 category

1st – Levi Toweh, Dallas, TX

2nd – Nichole Owen, Houston, TX

3rd – Alexa Wheeler, George West, TX


9-12 category

1st – Danielle Eslick, Denison, TX


The national contest winners will be brought to Washington, DC for the announcement of the winning entries at a Coastal America ceremony that will be coordinated with the ceremonies planned for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Ocean Hall. The work of these artists will be displayed at this ceremony, and then will be exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from December, 2008 through March, 2009.


For more information, please visit http://www.coastalamerica.gov/. Congratulations to all of the winners who will represent Texas in the national contest!




The mission of the Texas State Aquarium is to inspire appreciation and wise stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.