2015 Kodiak Water Safety Poster Contest

Eduardo Vitorino (left), Kodiak flotilla vice commander, announced the winners of the 2015 "We Don't Float" poster contest during a Kodiak Island Borough School District board meeting. Joining some of the winners for a photo are (back row, from left) superintendent Stewart McDonald, board president Katie Oliver, board vice president Debra Kirk, board treasurer Duncan Fields and student advisory representative Joseph Beltran. USCG photo by Auxiliarist Nicole Clark.

Eduardo Vitorino (left), Kodiak flotilla vice commander, announced the winners of the 2015 “We Don’t Float” poster contest during a Kodiak Island Borough School District board meeting. Joining some of the winners for a photo are (back row, from left) superintendent Stewart McDonald, board president Katie Oliver, board vice president Debra Kirk, board treasurer Duncan Fields and student advisory representative Joseph Beltran. USCG photo by Auxiliarist Nicole Clark.

On April 20, 2015, the Coast Guard Auxiliary announced the winners of its annual “We Don’t Float” poster contest at the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education.

The contest was held to promote boating safety and as a reminder for anyone that takes part in an activity on or around the water the importance of wearing your lifejacket. In the state of Alaska, boaters are required to have one Coast Guard approved lifejacket for each person aboard their vessel and they must be in serviceable condition. Persons under the age of 13 are required to wear a lifejacket at all times when in an open boat, on the deck of a boat or when waterskiing.

Joyce Blair, the contest’s organizer, said this year’s contest opened up the dialog between students and teachers about boating safety.

“Students are talking more about safety issues, about wearing a life vest,” Blair said. “There are details in the posters that we haven’t seen in previous years. It’s clear that teachers of all grades are incorporating boating safety into their lessons.”

The “We Don’t Float” poster contest expanded to include all age groups, with 350 entries from seven area schools, home school students and adults.

Check out a few of the winning posters below!

Cliff Gertz earned the overall grand prize in the 2015 “We Don’t Float” poster contest sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Kodiak Flotilla. Gertz’s entry in the adult age group features a picture of Coastie the Safety Boat, the Auxiliary’s animatronic teaching character.  U.S. Coast Guard image.

Cliff Gertz earned the overall grand prize in the 2015 “We Don’t Float” poster contest sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Kodiak Flotilla. Gertz’s entry in the adult age group features a picture of Coastie the Safety Boat, the Auxiliary’s animatronic teaching character. U.S. Coast Guard image.

By Hallee Blair from Kodiak Middle School, first place in seventh grade age group and overall second runner-up.

By Hallee Blair from Kodiak Middle School, first place in seventh grade age group and overall second runner-up.

By Deborah Bitanga from Kodiak High School, first place in 12th grade age group and overall first runner-up.

By Deborah Bitanga from Kodiak High School, first place in 12th grade age group and overall first runner-up.

By Hunter Blair from Kodiak High School, first place in ninth grade age group.

By Hunter Blair from Kodiak High School, first place in ninth grade age group.

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