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River Valley Student Wins Statewide Art Contest

Laura Pressman, a sixth grader at River Valley, was one of ten 1stplace winners out of over 4,000 entries in the state-wide 2012 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Children’s Art Contest.

A total of 39 other students from across Texas also earned honors for artwork depicting their love for the Texas coast. All finalists in the Adopt-A-Beach Children’s Art Contest will receive a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, two all-day passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, two tickets to the permanent exhibit hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a certificate of recognition, prizes from the Texas General Land Office and a calendar displaying the winning artwork.

Contest judges picked 10 winners in each of the four categories: kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade, third-grade and fourth-grade, and fifth-grade and sixth-grade.The annual contest is organized through the Texas General Land Office’s Adopt-A-Beach program. The contest began in 1996 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Adopt-A-Beach program. The annual competition encourages Texas students to learn more about the Texas coast and express what they have learned in their art. This year’s contest sponsors are Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, United Airlines, Schlitterbahn Waterparks, the Texas State Aquarium and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

This year’s Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup took place on April 28 at 30 sites along the Texas coast. For more information please contact the Texas General Land Office at 1-877-TXCOAST or visit www.texasadoptabeach.org.

The artwork of all 40 finalists will be on display in the State Capitol’s South Central Gallery from 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29. A special thank you goes to Representative Larry Taylor for sponsoring the exhibit.