Coast Guard presents three Kodiak students with awards

Abbey Raymer and Madalyn Elliott are recognized for their art

KODIAK, Alaska - Abbey Raymer, 9, and Madalyn Elliott, 9, hold their award certificates from Coast Guard Headquarters denoting their participation and high ranking in the Coast Guard's 2011 Partnership in Education art contest Sept. 6, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

Deborah Bitanaga, Madalyn Males and Abbey Raymer were recognized this week for their participation in a nationwide Coast Guard art contest and their efforts to raise awareness for Coast Guard missions. All three girls received certificates from Coast Guard Headquarters and letters of thanks from District 17 Commander Adm. Thomas Ostebo at their schools.

Artwork by Bitanga, now a ninth-grader at Kodiak High School in Kodiak, was recognized as the Best in Show. Artwork by Raymer, now a third-grader at Peterson Elementary School in Kodiak participating through the Kodiak Child Development Center, was recognized as the first place winner in the kindergarten through 2nd grade category and artwork by Madalyn Males, now a fourth-grader at Peterson Elementary School also participating through the Kodiak Child Development Center, was selected as Honorable Mention for the 3rd through 6th grade category.

The artwork depicts scenes from the Coast Guard’s living marine resource mission. The three Kodiak-based pieces were selected as winners from nearly 300 entries. The artwork was displayed at the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards at the Carnegie Institute in Washington May 20-23 and during the World Children’s Day Festival at the National Mall in Washington June 17-19. It will also be shown at the Coast Guard Band’s annual Veteran’s Day concert in Washington in November.

Established in May, 1991, under the authority of the National Community Service Act of 1990, the Coast Guard PIE program promotes excellence in education, supports local school communities, and exposes students to Coast Guard people, missions and service. Since its inception, more than 15,000 Coast Guard members have volunteered over 200,000 hours of community service.

For more information on the PIE program and to see a complete list of winners, please visit: Coast Guard Partnership in Education website. To see the artwork or more images of the girls awards recognition please visit CGVI and enter PIE art in the search window.

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