Solana Santa Fe Ocean Week Comic Contest winners

Fifth grade student Mariel Alexander won Grand Prize Comic: Kelp Queen

Kara the Kelp Queen, Mahi Mahi Man and Strike the Shark were just some of the ocean superheroes created by Solana Santa Fe students during the school’s recent comic contest. Coordinated by parent volunteer Alicia Gaudio, the comic contest kicked off the school’s Ocean Week event held the week of May 21. Winners were named from each grade level, as well as in special categories. Fifth grade student Mariel Alexander won for Grand Prize Comic (See comic above).

Front Row: Lani Whitmer (Best Narrative); Nika Ghods (2nd grade); Cash Bonano (Kindergarten); Lucas Camberos (1st grade); Jack Chine (Best Animal Superhero); and Alexander Balikian (Best Half Human/Half Animal Superhero). Back Row: Riley Sullivan (4th grade); Morgan Schreiber (5th grade); Mariel Alexander (Grand Prize); Alisha Sandhu (Best Villain); Tyce Caton (6th grade); and Preston Stephens (3rd grade).

Local artist Marietta Ellis, a former automobile designer for General Motors, recently visited the elementary school and held three draw-along assemblies to teach the students how to draw comics. Ellis helped judged the contest and all winners received a certificate and t-shirt with a picture of their winning comic.

— Stacey Phillips