Pace Student Wins Statewide Art Contest

Posted on May 10, 2022 by Staff reports

Ramona Lungu, a 6th Grader at Thomas L. Sims Middle School in Pace, won the middle school division for her art.

In honor of Earth Day 2022, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hosted an art competition for students in the fourth to 12th grades. The art contest theme – “What do you love about Florida’s environment?” – invited students to think about their favorite memories and experiences in Florida’s natural areas.

A finalist in each age category was selected from DEP district offices, and the finalists’ art was sent to the Tallahassee office where DEP staff selected a state winner for each age group.

Winners included:

  • Grades Four to Five State Winner – Kely Aguilar, Fifth Grade, Advanced Achievers Academy
  • Grades Six to Eight State Winner – Ramona Lungu, Sixth Grade, Thomas L. Sims Middle School
  • Grades Nine through 12 State Winner – Jade-Rose Konuch, 11th Grade, SAIL High School

“It was inspiring to see the student art submissions. Protecting Florida’s natural resources is the responsibility of all, and it is rewarding to see students engaged in environmental issues from such a young age,” said DEP Secretary Shawn Hamilton. “Congratulations to this year’s winners and future environmental stewards.”