A freshman at Chicago’s High School and a fourth
grader at Douglas Taylor School topped the poster competition at this
year’s 10th annual Wolf Lake Bi-State Wetlands, Wind and Water festival,
to be held May 29-30.
All winners will receive prizes at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at the
Environmental Education Center, 2405 Calumet Avenue, Hammond. Festival
sponsor is the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI).
First-place winners were Martha Gama of George Washington and Alicia
Prieto of Chicago’s Douglas Taylor. Second-place honors went to senior
Mario Alvarez of George Washington and Catalina Garcia, a fourth grader,
at Douglas Taylor.
Junior Destiny Rodriguez of George Washington and Yamilet Oliveros at
Douglas Taylor placed third.
This year’s contest differed from previous years with the use of
recycled cardboard or poster board instead of paper. This contest was
open to all youngsters in Wolf Lake area schools and members of youth
Entries depicted summer recreation at Wolf Lake and stewardship
activities that take place to protect wildlife in the Wolf Lake
watershed. They will be exhibited in store fronts in communities around
Wolf Lake and in the Wolf Lake informational kiosk.
The first place winners will receive $25 each. The second place winners
will each receive $15 and the third place prize winners will each
Honorable mention designations were awarded to Alexis Oria and Stephanie
Miranda, both of Douglas Taylor.
Judging the entries were Jen Lute and Sarah Otte of the Lake County
Solid Waste Management District and Mary Kuzniar of Hammond’s Morton
As in past years, the purpose of the contest is to instill in
participants a spirit of stewardship for the lake’s watershed.
The festival is free to the public.
AWLI is a bi-state not-for-profit organization and land trust dedicated
to the enhancement of the Wolf Lake watershed.