2018 Poster Contest Results

"I’m Youth, I’m Joy, I’m a Little Bird that has Broken Out of It’s Egg”" by Ezri Carroll is the winner of the 2018 Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Poster Contest.

When creating this art, Ezri was 11 years old and attending 5th grade at St. Mary School. When asked, Ezri said, “I chose this bird because I felt that I could make it look different, even though lots of other kids were doing this bird.” To create her artwork, she used oil pastels, which are her favorite. She has never entered an art contest before but thinks it might lead to an art career when she grows up. After the ceremony, Ezri did the activities at the Fun Fair and she really enjoyed the Mudflat Meals activity where she got to look at the little things that live in the water.

Ezri Carroll

2018 Poster Contest Statistics and Information

Grays Harbor County students, grades 1 - 6, design Shorebird Festival Poster 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.

Schools Participating: 9

Central, Central Park, Lincoln, Cosmopolis, St. Mary School, Simpson, Beacon, AJ West, Pacific Beach

Number of Teachers Participating: 27

Number of Student Entries: 353

Grade 1 = 95
Grade 2 = 23
Grade 3 = 94
Grade 4 = 99
Grade 5 = 21
Grade 6 = 21


1st Grade:

1st Place: Parker Bellington (Craig) Beacon "The Western Sandpiper"
2nd Place: Mason Craig (Craig) Beacon
3rd Place: Emma Newnan (Craig) Beacon
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Kolar (Clezie) Beacon
Honorable Mention: Dylan Erikson (Craig) Beacon

2nd Grade:

1st Place: Miguel Rodriguez (Lohr) Cosmopolis “Searching the Shore”
2nd Place: Kasen Docsanes (Plato) Beacon
3rd Place: London Towle (Plato) Beacon
Honorable Mention: Zoe Perkins (Plato) Beacon
Honorable Mention: Olivia Reynvaan (Plato) Beacon

3rd Grade:

1st Place: Kensie Ervin (Chicano) Central Park “Resting on a Rock”
2nd Place: Keira Garcia (Fabini) Lincoln
3rd Place: Dominik Butterfield (Lohr) Cosmopolis
Honorable Mention: Jack Tighe (Lewis) Lincoln)
Honorable Mention: Matthew Paul (Charette) Lincoln

4th Grade:

1st Place: Kayleen Weber (Scroggs) St. Marys “Dawning of the Plover”
2nd Place: Hayden Sweet (Tucker) Simpson
3rd Place: Rowen Church (Aschenbrenner) Central Park
Honorable Mention: Adam Schmitz (Plato) Simpson
Honorable Mention: Katelyn Frafjord (Lohr) Cosmopolis

5th Grade:

1st Place/BOS: Ezri Carroll (Roberts) St. Marys “I’m Youth, I’m Joy, I’m a Little Bird that has Broken Out of It’s Egg”
2nd Place: Wendy Rojas-Contreras (Roberts) St. Marys
3rd Place: Brayden Howe (Lohr) Cosmopolis
Honorable Mention: Karla Guzman (Roberts) St. Marys
Honorable Mention: Eloisa Butcher (Roberts) St. Marys

6th Grade:

1st Place: Keara Burns (Carroll) St. Marys “Three Dunlins on the Shore”
2nd Place: Jordyn Foley (Lohr) Cosmopolis
3rd Place: Yoselin Rodriguez (Lohr) Cosmopolis
Honorable Mention: Luis Lopez-Indelecio (Carroll) St. Marys
Honorable Mention: Sonny Ivey (Carroll) St. Marys


Glynnis Nakai, Refuge Manager, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
Judy Taylor, Local Artist, Birder
Jude Armstrong, Member of GHAS, Artist, Volunteer at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
Lynn Childers, Former US Fish and Wildlife Service Employee
Terri Small, Local Graphic Artist

Volunteers Assisting:

Melanie Graeff, AmeriCorps
Lynn Smith, GHAS
Arnie Martin, GHAS
Jennifer Cutillo, UWFWS
Art Pavey
Jan Kramer
Nancy Wells
Suzanne Hierholzer

Information about the 2017 Poster contest
Information about the 2019 Poster contest