Local 10 announces winner of 4th Annual Earth Day Art Contest

For the first time in four years, a Broward County school has won Local 10's Earth Day Art Contest.

DAVIE, Fla. – A Broward County school is the winner of the 4th Annual Local 10 Earth Day Art Contest.

St. Bonaventure Catholic School in Davie won out of ten finalists with the original work of art, “Save A Wave.” 

The framed piece features recycled water bottles that were melted and colored to depict a wave in the ocean.

Proud of its elegance and message of conservation, St. Bonaventure displayed the artwork in the main entrance of the school.

Art teacher Megan Anderson said one student inspired the piece and the student body, from Pre-K to 8th grade, brought it to life.

Thursday’s announcement on Earth Day, April 22, came with recognition for the school — they were featured in a story that appeared on Local 10 News, and received a prize of $4,500, courtesy of contest sponsors Publix Super Markets, to be used to buy art supplies.

”We love seeing the entries,” said Nicole Krauss, Media Relations for Publix Super Markets.  “It’s so beautiful and what is great is that we’re also able to make an investment in these classrooms for them to have the supplies necessary to make this meaningful artwork.”

The Earth Day Art Contest invites all South Florida schools to create an original work of art with an environmental theme.

Schools have about 5 weeks to submit their creation.  A panel chooses ten finalists and then voting begins. 

Local 10 viewers vote online for their favorite piece, and the school with the most votes wins.

”Save A Wave” captured this year’s title because, along with artistic ability, it displays a passion for the environment and teaches us all to take care of our planet.

St. Bonaventure also made Earth Day contest history — it is the first Broward County school in the contest’s four years to be chosen as the winner.

About the Authors:

Mayte Padron Cordones is an Emmy-award winning journalist and the director of WPLG's Community Relations Department, overseeing the station's outreach initiatives to benefit and strengthen the South Florida community.

Louis Aguirre is an Emmy-award winning journalist who anchors weekday newscasts and serves as WPLG Local 10’s Environmental Advocate.