The United States Power Squadron’s Kids Program offers a National Youth Poster Contest. The 2016 challenge theme was “It’s Personal! It’s Your Life…..It’s Your Lifejacket!”
The contest is divided into two Middle School age groups, 9-11 and 12-14. Under the guidance of Delores Vanecek, Northumberland Middle School students were urged to employ their visual and artistic skills to promote boating safety.
Using a variety of media, donated by the Northern Neck Sail and Power Squadron, the students enthusiastically set to the task of making their artful creations, reported Northern Neck Sail and Power Squadron executive officer Ray Reuter.
Winners in the 9-11 group were first, Mia Bundy; second, Sara Wilson; and third, Julia Seville. Winners in the 12-14 group were first, Madison Garrity; second, Grant Biddlecomb; and third, Joshua Aleman.
The first place winners’ posters were sent to compete at the district competition where they were judged the best and forwarded to the United States Power Squadrons National Headquarters Poster Contest competition. Of all the posters submitted by hundreds of middle school children from all over the U.S., Bundy’s poster placed first and Garrity’s, third, said Reuter.
The students on April 3 presented their posters at the Northumberland school board meeting.