2016 Poster Contest Results

"Searching" by Isaiah Johnson is the winner of the 2016 Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Poster Contest.

The artist, Isaiah Johnson, is now ten years old and in the fifth grade. He is attending Cosmopolis Elementary School and enjoys robotics technology and PE. In his drawing, he wanted to show a mother and baby shorebird looking for food in the mudflats together, so he titled his piece "Searching." He used mixed media including colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and some paint to create it. Last year, he really enjoyed the ceremony at the Festival. He is still continuing to draw, and most often likes to draw dragons. After school, he can be found practicing his flips and acrobatics on his family's trampoline.

Isaiah Johnson

2016 Poster Contest Information

Grays Harbor County students, grades 1-6, design Shorebird Festival Posters for competition. Five judges select from each grade a 1st-3rd place and two honorable mention winners. A "Best of Show" is chosen from among the first place winners in each grade. All winning posters are displayed and awards are given during the Shorebird Festival. Everyone is welcome to attend the Poster Contest Awards Ceremony held at Hoquiam High School on Saturday May 7, 2016 starting at 11am.

Schools Participating = 8
A.J. West, Beacon, Central, Cosmopolis, Elma, Lincoln, North River, and St. Mary's School

Number of Teachers Participating = 26

Number of Student Entries = 353
Grade 1 = 45
Grade 2 = 60
Grade 3 = 109
Grade 4 = 63
Grade 5 = 38
Grade 6 = 38


Glynnis Nakai
Refuge Manager, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

Judy Taylor
Local Artist, birder

Jude Armstrong
Member of Grays Harbor Audubon Society, Artist, Volunteer at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

Art Pavey
Birder, Refuge Volunteer at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

Terri Small
Local Graphic Artist

List of Winners


Congratulations to Tieander Olson of Beacon Elementary School. Her picture of a Black-bellied Plover entitled "The Bird That Was Lost" won first place for first grade.

1st Place: Tieander Olson (Mrs. Parker) Beacon
2nd Place: Thor Barnes (Mrs. Craig) Beacon
3rd Place: Austin Mattox (Mrs. Craig) Beacon
Honorable Mention: Karlee Watson (Mrs. Craig) Beacon
Honorable Mention: Luis Flores (Mrs. Parker) Beacon


Congratulations to Lily Leonard of Lincoln Elementary School in Hoquiam. Her picture of a Short-billed Dowitcher entitled "An Eating Bird" won first place for second grade.

1st Place: Lily Leonard (Mrs. Dayton) Lincoln
2nd Place: Kelley Roberts (Mrs. Blundred) Lincoln
3rd Place: Kacee Kruger (Mrs. Prato) Lincoln
Honorable Mention: Joey Reichert (Mrs. Dayton) Lincoln
Honorable Mention: Brittney Bergsma (Mrs. Blundred) Lincoln


Congratulations to Brayden Howe of Cosmopolis Elementary School. His picture of Semi-palmated Plovers entitled "Birds in a Storm" won first place for third grade.

1st Place: Brayden Howe (Judi Lohr) Cosmopolis
2nd Place: A.J. Young (Mrs. Moir) Lincoln
3rd Place: Faith Kohn (Mrs. Fabini) Lincoln
Honorable Mention: Nellie Holder (Judi Lohr) Cosmopolis
Honorable Mention: Andrew McGuire (Mrs. Fabini) Lincoln


Congratulations to Isaiah Johnson of Cosmopolis Elementary School. His mixed medium art of Sanderlings entitled "Searching" won first place for fourth grade and Best in Show.

1st Place: Isaiah Johnson (Judi Lohr) Cosmopolis
2nd Place: Jordyn Foley (Judi Lohr) Cosmopolis
3rd Place: Kristina Goulet (Ms. Hyde) Central
Honorable Mention: Yovanna Farias Serrato (Ms. Tucker) Central
Honorable Mention: Eva Jump (Ms. Tucker) Central


Congratulations to Kaleb Maurer of St. Mary's School in Aberdeen. His picture of a Killder entitled "Little Bird" won first place for fifth grade.

1st Place: Kaleb Maurer (Ms. Roberts) St. Mary's School
2nd Place: Payton Abujen (Ms. Beyer) Central
3rd Place: Natasha Babbitt (Mrs. Wilson) Cosmopolis
Honorable Mention: Kali Rapier (Mrs. Wilson) Cosmopolis
Honorable Mention: Tyler Caskey (Mrs. Wilson) Cosmopolis


Congratulations to Austin Wakefield of A.J. West Elementary School in Aberdeen. Her picture of Semi-palmated Plover entitled "Semi-palmated Plover" won first place for sixth grade.

1st Place: Austin Wakefield (Miss. Floch) A.J. West
2nd Place: Mya Biery (Mrs. Roberts) St. Mary's
3rd Place: Ellie Winkelman (Ms. Roberts) St. Mary's
Honorable Mention: Alex Paniagua (Mrs. Roberts) St. Mary's
Honorable Mention: Lydia Le Vering (Miss. Floch) A.J. West

Information about the 2017 Poster contest