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Student Spotlight: SEWE art contest winner inspired by teachers

Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Art comes easy for Julieta Porras, but if you ask, she will tell you it hasn’t always been that way.

The 5th-grader at Sangaree Intermediate School won this year’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) Kids for Conservation Poster Competition. She says teachers at her school gave her inspiration, motivation and the skills she needed to be successful.

A blue heron at sunset created by marker, pencils and water colors is more to Julieta than a piece of art. She said it’s a reflection of her dedication to improve her artwork and a step in the right direction of becoming an artist when she grows up.

“At first …I wasn’t a really good drawer,” Julieta said. “…My teachers, my art teacher, they helped me and I started getting better and better at it. Especially Ms. Wilson, because she really helped me.”

Julieta said Ms. Jody Wilson, SRI's art teacher, really challenges her students to tackle tough projects.

“Sometimes I just don’t finish in time, and she’ll give me my artwork back so I can finish at home,” Julieta said.

Julieta will be signing autographs at SEWE, and if you cross her path, know she’s proud of what she accomplished and finds happiness in creating art.

“It always helps me relax. It just takes me to a creative world," she said.

Julieta Porras was one of several BCSD students recognized for entries in various SEWE conservation competitions.

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The other two winners of the poster competition were also BCSD students.

1st Place Poster Winner
South Carolina Heron at Sunset by Julieta Porras
Grade 5, Sangaree Intermediate

2nd Place Poster Winner
Tall Girraffe by Alessandra Franklin
Grade 5, Marrington Elementary 

3rd Place Poster Winner
Parrots by Aubrey Param
Grade 5, Boulder Bluff Elementary

Two students from Cane Bay High School were recognized for SEWE conservation messages.

"Conservation is not only for wildlife, but also for those who look to nature for life. People.” - Juliann Moua – Age 17, Cane Bay High School

"Pigeon, Pigeon, Goose… Doesn’t sound right without the duck, right? Conserve the wildlife.” - Austin Cumbee – Age 17, Cane Bay High School

Mary Abigail Whitaker Grade 7, Marrington Middle School of the Arts won third place in the Kids for Conservation photography contest.

Several students were recognized in the Jr. Duck Stamp Competition.

Jr. Duck Stamp winners and honorable mentions

Lillan Rush – Age 16, Cane Bay High School - 1st (grades 10-12)

Jorge Feria de la Cruz – Age 18, Cane Bay High School, Summerville - 2nd (grades 10-12)

JoAnn Lawhorn – Age 16, Cane Bay High School, Summerville - 2nd (grades 10-12)

Lorelai Branch – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner

Mady Casselman – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner

William Craine – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner

Parker Kinard – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner

Bella LaSalle – Age 9, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner

Augusta Mason – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner

Lucas Powers – Age 9, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner

Hunter Smith – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner

Kayce Hall – Age 16, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School

Caitlin Harrison – Age 16, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School

Aiden Hathaway – Age 15, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School

Angelina Henry – Age 16, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School

Juliann Moua – Age 17, Cane Bay High School

Chazz Swiech – Age 16, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School Goose Creek

Cinthya Villasenor – Age 15, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School, Goose Creek

Iris Vlahogiannis – Age 16, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School, Goose Creek

Brian Troutman
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