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Announcing the 2023 Art and Poetry Contest Winners!



2023 Alisal Art and Poetry Contest

A Poetry and Art Contest open to all Alisal USD students 

“This is my home; this gives me meaning”


#ArtHeals #LaCulturaCura

Art and poetry offer important avenues of expression for everyone, and for this year’s Alisal Art and Poetry Contest, 28 students from eight of the District schools won first, second or honorable mention in either art or poetry. The entries showed humor, poignancy, and most importantly, a lot of talent!


It was particularly comforting to see many students find meaning in the after-school activities the District provides, such as sports or folklórico dancing. Students waxed poetic about soccer, basketball – the two top after-school activities, and even playing video games! And of course, students were most eloquent about their home, which was the main theme of the contest, and what many described as their own house and their families, the city of Salinas, or even their schools. One of our winners, Melanie D. of Fremont Elementary, had this to say about the Alisal: In the Alisal I see/ Important people / In the Alisal I hear / Planes soaring through the air / In the Alisal I smell / Sweet bread and delicious pie


Thank you to all the teachers who encouraged their students to participate, and everyone who supported this contest by selecting winners or promoting participation. Winners will receive a $20 gift card and a medal. Gift cards are possible through the generous donations of the Salinas Alisal Rotary and the Ernie Camacho Foundation. Presentations will be scheduled individually. 


To see a slide presentation with all the winning entries, click here




Alisal Virtual Academy

Poetry, 5th-6th

Melissa M.C.


César E. Chávez


Alejandra Figueroa




Art - Marjorie C.

Poetry - Lacey M



Art - Abraham E.

Poetry - Alondra M. 



Art - Ava E. 

Poetry -  Jaysen L. and JT




Art - Kimberly N.P. and Paola P. 

Poetry - Melanie D. 


Dr. Oscar F. Loya


Art- Daniella R

Poetry - Xael P. and Dionnie M, 



Art - Nathaly V. and Celia M

Poetry - Giselle A.; & Carlos H


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Academy

3rd - 4th 

Art - Sarai F.


5th - 6th

Yaneli R. N. 


Jesse G. Sanchez 


Art - Romina M. A.


John E. Steinbeck


Art - Michelle A.

Poetry - Jacob G.



Art - Alan G. and Miguel M.

Poetry - Daniel V. and  Itzi A. 


Virginia Rocca Barton


Art - Lucas F. 

Posted May 3, 2023