Spring 2014 Fight The Bite Contest Winners Announced

April 23, 2014
Elk Grove, CA.— As part of Mosquito Awareness Week the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announces the winners of the 2014 annual Fight the Bite Contest for students in grades K-12. In an effort to teach children about mosquito prevention, the contest encourages kids to use art and creatively design a calendar page 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. “This year we received more than 3100 entries and we are very impressed by the quality of the artwork submitted” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “The children are very talented and creative. We’re happy to know they can use art to convey the important message of protecting our community from mosquitoes and West Nile virus” added 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.  Winners were selected by a panel of judges and will receive a cash prize. The three first place contest winners will also record a radio commercial with a mosquito prevention message that will air throughout the summer.  Since many area schools are struggling with budget cuts, prizes will also be awarded to the school of each winning student for educational materials.  All winning contest entries will be used in the 2015 Fight the Bite calendar which will be distributed later this year.
First place winners are:
K-3       Guillermo Zendejas from Noralto Elementary  in Sacramento
4-6        Kara Catellier from Sierra Oaks in Sacramento
7-12      Debbie La from Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova
Contact:  Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

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