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Ships Bring the World to Us – Winners

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NAMEPA  etc 29062016SOUTHPORT, CT—June 29, 2016 Two grand prize winners and 10 finalists have been selected in the 2016  Ships Bring the World to Us calendar art contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Mystic Aquarium and the InterAmerican Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States (CIP-OAS). Each year, these organizations invite students in grades K-12 throughout the Americas to create a poster on a theme related to the marine environment. A 2017 bilingual calendar showcasing the winning entries will be printed in English and Spanish.

Students were asked to submit an original poster that creatively depicts the importance of ships and the types of cargo they carry. Ships move cargo around the world in far greater volume and efficiency than any other mode of transportation. In fact, 90 percent of everything we buy is transported via ship. Ships transport many commodities,  including foods such as grains and fruit, coal and oil for energy production, raw materials, telephones and computers, clothing, and so much more.

The winning artwork is featured on NAMEPA, Coast Guard, Mystic Aquarium, and CIP-OAS websites. Finalists will receive a certificate and a calendar with the artwork from all 12 winners. Two grand-prize winning artists (one from each of the grade brackets) will receive, in addition to the certificate and calendar, a $100 cash prize and a USCG prize package.

To view the winning Ships Bring the World to Us artwork visit namepa.net/art-contest.

Grand Prize Winners

Grades K-5
Zeva Kenney, Kindergarten, Joseph Finegan Elementary, Jacksonville, Florida

Grades 6-12
Julia Samson, Grade 7, Kapolei Middle School, Kapolei, Hawaii


Grades K-5
Kaili Ann Cutler, Grade 2, Daphne East Elementary, Daphne, Alabama
Jeanine Achacoso, Grade 5, Amelia Earhart Elementary, Alameda, California
Addison Culp, Grade 5, Jennie Moore Elementary, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Maxim Del Pozzo, Grade 5, Peninsula International Academy, Placencia, Belize
McKenzie Mosley, Grade 5, Churchland Academy, Portsmouth, Virginia

Grades 6-12
Noah Howell, Grade 6, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School, Hartford, Connecticut
Carmen Andrade, Grade 10, Ramey School, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Iankarlo Velàzquez Morales, Grade 10, Antilles High School, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico
Carmen Jimenez, Grade 11, Marine Academy of Science & Technology, Highlands, New Jersey
Alanis Rodriguez, Grade 11, Ramey School, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

About the North American Marine Environment Protection Association
“Save Our Seas” is the mission of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association
(NAMEPA) which is an independent, marine industry-led entity that engages industry, regulators, environmental
groups, educators and the public by promoting sound environmental practices. NAMEPA is a non-profit
organization committed to preserving the marine environment through educating seafarers, students and the
public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean resources. For more information, visit
www.namepa.net .

About the United States Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within
the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our maritime and
environmental interests around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime
professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships
provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard
presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a
unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship. For more information, visit

About Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more
than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only beluga whales.
Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of
marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet
through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola
Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more
at www.MysticAquarium.org.

The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the
National Port Authorities of all 35 sovereign nations of the Americas and promotes the development of
competitive, sustainable and secure ports in the Hemisphere by actively facilitating cooperation between the
highest governmental level and the private sector. To date, CIP has more than 40 private sector firms and
institutions as Associate Members. Its priorities include, in addition to promoting the protection of the marine
environment and sustainable port management practices, competitiveness and logistics; protection and security;
tourism and services to ships; legislation and regulation; and CSR and gender equality. For more information, visit

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