Students from LVI and BI have been recognized in a national art competition for murals they created depicting the world’s ocean resources. LVI’s Class of 2014 earned first place in the Wyland "Water is Life" National Art Challenge. BI’s Class of 2014 earned second place in the competition. The contest included 3,500 participants from 40 states and recognized the two LVCSD schools as winners in the grade 5-8 category. 

“That two of our schools would take first and second place in this national competition speaks volumes about our art programs, the talent of our student-artists and the dedication of our art teachers,” said Art Department Leader H. Thomas Hogan. He noted that the murals were part of a larger project that incorporated many areas of the curriculum. 

Students at LVI created the mural as part of their “Go Green to Save the Blue” campaign, which focused on saving the environment to improve the oceans. They created the mural out of non-recyclable bottle caps that would otherwise have been thrown away. The campaign took place as part of a unit on oceanography and marine life during the 2013-2014 school year. Both schools received art supplies as part of their prize, and LVI received an original painting by Wyland. 

BI students created a mural depicting ocean life, much like those Wyland himself creates. The Wyland Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the world’s waterways. 

Congratulations to all of the participants!