Spring 2011 Fight the Bite Contest Winners Announced


April 27, 2011


–Children learn about mosquito prevention and also earn money for their school

Elk Grove, Calif.— As part of Mosquito Awareness Week and informing the public about mosquitoes and diseases they transmit, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announces the winners of the 2011 annual Fight the Bite Design a Calendar Page Contest for students in grades K-12. In an effort to have children learn about mosquito prevention, the contest encourages kids to use art and creatively design a page promoting the FIGHT the BITE theme to inspire everyone to practice any or all of the District 7 D’s of Mosquito Prevention.  “The contest was very successful and we are very impressed by the quality of the artwork” said David Brown, District Manager. This year, the District received over 2800 entries from both counties; this is in comparison to 2010 when 1750 entries were submitted. “The kids are extremely talented and we’re delighted to see that students are engaged and understand the importance of reducing mosquitoes to prevent diseases such as West Nile virus.”


Students were divided into three grade categories: K-3, 4-8 and 9-12.  The winning entries were based on: creativity, originality and the ability to effectively communicate one or more of the District D’s of prevention.  Winners in each division were determined by a panel of judges and will receive a cash prize. Since many area schools are struggling with budget cuts, aside from prizes for individual winners, a cash prize is also being awarded to the school of each winning student. In addition, first place contest winners will be recording a radio commercial that will air throughout the summer. All winning contest entries will be used in the 2012 District calendar and distributed at events later this year.


* Due to our District Privacy Policy, the names will not be published on the Internet until a later date. Below are the winning entries:

First place winners are:

K-3       From Stone Lake Elementary in Elk Grove

4-8        From James Rutter Middle School in Sacramento

9-12      From Holmes Jr. High in Davis

Second place winners are:

K-3      From Barbara Comstock Morse Elementary

4-8       From James Rutter Middle School

9-12       From Holmes Jr High

Third place winners are:

K-3       From Elitha Donner Elementary

4-8       From Albert Einstein Middle School

9-12       From Davis Senior High School

Honorable Mention Awards:

K-3       From North Davis Elementary

4-8       From Holmes Jr. High

9-12       From South Sutter Charter School


WHEN: Wednesday, April 27 at 9:15 am and 11:00 am

WHERE: Stone Lake Elementary (9673 Lakepoint Dr.) in Elk Grove and James Rutter Middle School (7350 Palmer House Drive) in Sacramento

WHAT: Children receiving a surprise visit in their classroom to obtain their prize for winning the contest  


*For a complete list of winners in all categories please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net


For media interviews or questions please contact:

Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337

E-mail: lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net