Kindergartener Jullia Pazmino recently took first place in the New England Science and Sailing (NESS) Foundation’s Long Island Sound Drawing Contest. The contest, designed to engage youth in environmental stewardship and watershed conservation, was open to all Connecticut students grades K-6 and received more than 2,000 entries. All winning pieces of artwork will be featured in a NESS calendar in 2020. This is the first time a Sacred Heart Greenwich kindergartener has won the contest.
In Lower School art teacher Ricki Bogin’s mind, the contest is a unique interdisciplinary opportunity to teach the importance of environmental awareness, show the power individuals have to educate others through art and see how everyone can help the planet. In art class, students discussed the Long Island Sound and its watershed, including how the students choose to experience and enjoy the Sound through boating, swimming, playing in the sand, collecting shells, birding, and simply appreciating the views. Pazmino, along with her kindergarten classmates, did research on life in and along the Long Island Sound. After some initial sketches, they created a large-scale poster using crayons and markers.
Bogin reflected on Pazmino’s winning piece saying, “This was a challenging project for such young students, but Jullia worked with wonderful creativity, diligence, and enthusiasm to win first place for her age group out of hundreds of students from Connecticut!”