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Alisal USD Student Art and Poetry Contest Winners

Announcing the Alisal USD 2022 Art and Poetry Contest Winners!

Art is an important vehicle of expression, and Alisal USD wanted to offer students another outlet to express their emotions during this challenging time. Now in its second year,  the Alisal USD Art and Poetry contest gives that opportunity to students who may not find it elsewhere. Although the theme was “I count! This is how I make the school a better place,” students also had the option to express their feelings about being hopeful or how they felt about their school and community. 

Students who earned top honors had entries that ranged from the whimsical to the pensive, from playful to painful. Their drawings and poems offer a glimpse into how they are feeling right now, what they’re going through, something that is worth noting. It is always important to listen to what young ones have to say, whether they say it out loud or put it on paper. 

Each winner will receive a medal or a certificate, and a $25 gift card, courtesy of the Salinas Alisal Rotary Club. It’s the second year in a row that the Alisal Rotary has sponsored the event, and the District is grateful for all its members do for education in the community. 

Six special commendations were selected: Octavio Verdusco (Alisal Community School) and Jennifer Terrazas (César E. Chávez) are using the might of the written word to express important truths, and they have been selected to receive the Voices of Monterey Bay Literary Award. Congratulations, Octavio and Jennifer!

Jayleni Tienda (Jesse G. Sánchez) and Jazmín Lopez (Monte Bella) were selected to receive the Monterey County Office of Education award for their whimsy and tender kindness. Bravas, Jayleni and Jazmin!

And last, but not least, Andrea Silva (Frank Paul) and América Rodríguez (John E. Steinbeck) drew compelling images under the competition’s theme. They are recognized with the Superintendent Award. 

Congratulations, artists! Your voice is important and deserves to be heard and seen! Keep creating! 


Alisal Community School

Octavio Verduzco, 6th grade, Poetry*


Cesar E. Chavez Elementary

Kaely Hernandez, Kinder, Art

Natalia Zavala, 4th, Art

Jennifer Terrazas, 6th, Poetry *



Vivian Brant, Pre K,  Art

Signey Ishimaru, 5th, Poetry


Frank Paul

Brenda Dominguez Barrios, 4th, Art 

Andrea Silva, 6th, Art*

Emily Lopez, 6th, Art



Kimberly Nuñez, 2nd, Art, 

Luis Villagomes, 2nd, Poetry



Uriel Peguero, 2nd,  Art



Lia Ruby Castañeda, TK, Art

Ana Gomez,  4th, Art 

Viridiana Martinez González, 3rd,  Art


Monte Bella

Jazmín López, 1st, Art*

Dylan Martínez, 1st, Poetry

Gabriela Ortíz López, 5th, Art

Sienna Esquivel and Maria Rangel, 5th, Poetry



Jayleni Tienda Segovia, Kinder, Art*

Yamilet Moreno Lucas, 6th, Art



Mónica González, K, Art

Miguel Medrano, 3rd, Art

América Rodríguez, 6th, Art*

Stephen Tupas, 6th, Poetry,