Devon Culberson earns prestigious award

Solanco High School student Devon Culberson has been recognized for excellence in poetry. Last year, while a student at Swift Middle School, Devon was among thousands of students from around the world who submitted an entry in the 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest, and she won the Distinguished Honorable Mention Award in the Poetry category. Devon’s piece was selected from more than 5,000 world-wide participants. She has received a cash award and is featured in Bow Seat’s international Ocean Advocacy Gallery and social media channels. Devon’s award-winning piece can be viewed at this link – In Your Hands, by Devon Culberson.

Bow Seat Awareness Programs sponsors the Ocean Awareness Contest that Devon participated in. Bow Seat “engages youth in creatively raising awareness of environmental issues impacting our blue planet.” The 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest is now open and will remain open until June 14. This year’s theme is Water Rising, and students of 11 to 18 years of age are invited to create and submit art, film, music, poetry, web-based media, music or creative writing that effectively communicates the need to protect the world’s oceans. Bow seat is offering Educator Innovation Awards to teachers who use the 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest as a teach tool in in-person or virtual classrooms. For more information, email

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