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Conservation Cartoon Contest winners announced

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Nov 12, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Eden Fautz took first place at The Sanibel School with his cartoon.

To honor its legacy of cartooning, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge holds a Conservation Cartoon Contest each year at three local elementary schools.

Students learn about Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, who won two Pulitzer Prizes for his editorial cartoons in the early 20th century. Staff then asks the students to draw editorial cartoons illustrating a conservation/environmental issue that is important to them.

This year, students from Patriot Elementary in Cape Coral, Pine Island Elementary on Bokeelia and The Sanibel School participated. Staff picked the following winners from the schools this year:

– Patriot Elementary: Samuel Rodriguez, Valentina Sosa and Victoria Alvarez

– Pine Island Elementary: Sanibelle Franke, Jaime Huerta and Serenity Davis

PHOTO PROVIDED Sarah Rosinus and Yuan Bonhayag at The Sanibel School placed second and third.

– The Sanibel School: Eden Fautz, Sarah Rosinus and Yuan Bonhayag

“All the students who entered the contest should be very proud of their work,” Environmental Education intern Patrick Carney, who organized the 2020 contest, said. “It is wonderful to see their compassion for conservation and environmental issues.”

PHOTO PROVIDED Sarah Rosinus and Yuan Bonhayag at The Sanibel School placed second and third.