Spring 2017 Fight the Bite Contest Winners Announced


April 18, 2017


Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer

Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337

E-mail:  lrobles@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net




Elk Grove, CA.— As part of Mosquito Awareness Week  the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announces the winners of the 2017 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 creatively 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. “This year we received nearly 2,000 entries and the quality of the artwork is phenomenal. 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       Josie Kirkman from Matsuyama Elementary

4-6        Beth Loera from Keith B. Kenny Elementary

7-12      Makayla Rojas from Winters High School


*To view all the winning entries please visit https://www.fightthebite.net/2017ftbwinners/