Children's Sustainability Art Contest

Prizes awarded to 21 WUSTL kids, ages 5-13

A bright future: Second-place winner

A bright future: Second-place winner, grades K-2, Gabrielle Schram, 7 (Mia Wallace, Pediatrics)

BY Jessica Daues

The Sustainability Awareness Committees on the Danforth and Medical campuses have announced the winners of the university’s first Children’s Sustainability Art Contest.

The contest was held this fall for WUSTL children attending kindergarten through eighth grade to raise awareness among university families of the importance of sustainable living. Young family members of students and employees were encouraged to submit original works of art that focused on themes of sustainability.

All entries were displayed on the Medical Campus from December 13-17 in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center atrium, and winning entries will be on display on the Danforth Campus from December 20 through the end of the year in the Brauer Hall lobby.

A reception honoring all participants was held at the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center Atrium on December 15.

Winners and their parents are:

Grades 6-8
First place: Samantha Gill, 13 (Paul Gill, Ophthalmology)
Second place: Maris Ebeling and Michelle Hart, both 12 (Patty Hart, JD, General Counsel)
Third place: Akshayashree Nandakumar, 13 (Srividya Nandakumar, Information Services & Technology)
Honorable mentions: Nidhi Bhaskar, 11 (Shobha Bhaskar, MD, Pediatrics); Smrithi Mani, 12 (Naganathan Mani, MD, Radiology); and Alex Mitchell, 12 (Scot Mitchell, Information Services & Tech

Grades 3-5
First place: Kailey Wentzel, 10 (Nancy Wentzel, Otolaryngology)
Second place: Emily Goldstein, 10 (Barry Goldstein, Reporting, Analysis, and Planning System)
Third place: Savannah Mitchell, 9 (Lynne Mitchell, Internal Medicine — Rheumatology)
Honorable mentions: Grace Donovan, 9 (Stacy Donovan, PhD, Neuropathology); Savannah Mitchell, 9 (Lynne Mitchell, Internal Medicine — Rheumatology); Alex Olendorff, 10 (Ann Olendorff, Anatomy and Neurobiology); and Keri Wentzel, 10 (Nancy Wentzel, Otolaryngology)

Grades K-2
First place: Andy Zhang, 6 (Yunhong [Max] Zhang, Anesthesiology)
Second place: Gabrielle Schram, 7 (Mia Wallace, Pediatrics)
Third place: Ginny Pisoni, 5 (Kathleen A. Wharton, Neurology)
Honorable mentions: Abby Clemens, 6 (Diane Clemens, DC, Siteman Cancer Center); Luke Gill, 4 (Paul Gill, Ophthalmology); Akash Nandakumar, 8 (Srividya Nandakumar, Information Services & Technology); and Isabela Von Rohr, 6 (Enrique Von Rohr, Art)

Among the prizes given to first-place, second-place, third-place and honorable-mention winners were tickets to the Science Center Omnimax Theater, Science Center Discovery Room, Missouri Botanical Garden and Missouri Botanical Garden Children’s Garden and tickets for Segway rides.

Judges were Addy Donnelly, director of administration at the School of Medicine; Will Fischer, assistant coordinator for special projects in the Office of Sustainability; Beth Fisher, administrative coordinator in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences; Linda Solovic Karpinski, senior lecturer in art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; Gay Lorberbaum, senior lecturer in architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; and Toni McMurphy, medical school sustainability consultant.

The contest kit contained an outline for a family discussion on sustainability that included suggestions for topics and how to set sustainability goals as a family.

To get involved in the WUSTL Sustainability Awareness Committees, e-mail Deborah Howard at for the Danforth Campus or Wendy Flusser at for the Medical Campus.

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