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Madrid Middle School Art Students Named Finalists in Water Safety Poster Contest

by Michele Earle

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The artistic talents of two Madrid Middle School students were recognized as they were named seventh grade finalists in the California Department of Boating and Waterways 21st Annual Safe & Wise Water Ways Poster Contest.

Over 3,000 entries were submitted by elementary and middle school students across California and Madrid is proud to have two students selected as finalists among all the entries.   The award winning students, Mariana Gonzalez and Miguel Lopez are part of art teacher, Sue Parszik’s art class.

According to the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, the primary goal of the poster contest is to educate students to be safe and wise when in or near the water.  The poster contest allows students to become the teachers, conveying safety messages through their artwork.

Mariana focused on the importance of keeping our water ways clean and free of pollution.

“I wanted to show in my poster that you shouldn’t throw trash in the water ways because the animals suffer and people do too because we eat the fish that swim in the polluted waters.”

Miguel’s poster depicted the importance of wearing a life vest when boating and participating in water sports.

“This is my first time taking an art class and I really like it,” said Miguel.  “Mrs. Parszik is a really good teacher and I like being able to draw and create things in class.”

According to Parszik, through art students have the opportunity to excel and experience success without the academic pressure.   “Statistics indicate that providing elective classes like art helps students stay motivated to come to school.  Through art they are able to tap into their creativity and imagination while at the same time use math to calculate shapes and dimensions and also study history and cultures as we explore art pieces and artists.  Students also learn valuable skills like working cooperatively as they help each other with projects.”

Parszik appreciates organizations like the Division of Boating and Water Ways who provide opportunities for students to be recognized for their art achievement.

The posters created by Madrid’s two artists may be viewed on the Department of Boating and Waterways website at

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Madrid Middle School Art Students Named Finalists in Water Safety Poster Contest