2018 Fight The Bite Contest Winners


Elk Grove, CA.— As part of Mosquito Awareness Week  the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announces the winners of the 2018 annual “Fight the Bite” Contest for students in grades K-12. In an effort to teach children about the importance of mosquito prevention, the contest encourages kids to use art and submit a drawing promoting the Fight the Bite theme to inspire everyone to prevent mosquitoes by practicing key messages such as draining standing water and using mosquito repellent. “We are very impressed by the artistic abilities of so many participants,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “We received many creative entries and it’s great to see kids using art to educate and bring awareness about the importance of preventing mosquitoes and West Nile virus” indicated Goodman.
Students were divided into three grade categories: K-3, 4-6 and 7-12.  The winning entries were based on: creativity, originality and the ability to effectively communicate one or more of the District D’s of Mosquito Prevention.  Twelve winners were selected by a panel of judges and the three first place winners will receive a surprise visit to their school and a cash prize. Since many area schools are struggling with budget cuts, prizes will also be awarded to the school of each winning student for educational materials. 
First place winners are:
K-3       Ayush Aryan Kumar from Taylor Street School
4-6        Daisy Quan from Carroll Elementary
7-12      Marilyn Velasquez from Grant Union High School

Grades K-3

1st Place – Ayush Aryan Kumar, Taylor Street Elementary


2nd Place – Aiden Chiam, Theodore Judah Elementary


3rd Place – Liliana Michel, Charles Mack Elementary


4th Place – Austin Renga, Del Dayo Elementary


Grades 4-6

1st Place – Daisy Quan, Carroll Elementary


2nd Place – Yeonwoo Song, Patwin Elementary


3rd Place – Isabella Dawson, Florence Markofer Elementary


4th Place – Vanessa Garcia, Woodland Prairie Elementary


Grades 7-12

1st Place – Marilyn Velasquez, Grant Union High School


2nd Place – Leilani Hernandez, John F. Kennedy High School


3rd Place – Namrata Paudel, Douglass Middle School


4th Place – Kaitlin Tran, John F. Kennedy High School