Teen Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

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Source: City of Goleta

This spring, local teens were invited to submit a design for a bookmark based on the theme, “Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: what does it mean to you?” The contest was part of the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries’ 2021 Book to Action community reading program, which uses the graphic novel memoir by George Takei, They Called Us Enemy, to explore topics of racial justice, social inclusion, and equality.

The Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries received many wonderful entries that were beautiful, empathetic, and thought-provoking. We are excited to announce the winners of the contest, who have each received a certificate and a gift card for a free smoothie from our generous sponsor, Blenders in the Grass!

Winners from the Goleta Valley Library are: Dulce Perez, Eva Worthey, Lauren Hubbs and Natalie Myers-Johansing. Honorable Mentions go to: Annabelle Aslanian, Lauren Doyle, Junior Duran, Tera El-Aaidi, Roxane Martinez, Sophia Regan, Devon Robinson, Aliyah Stiles, Nora Tatjes and Jaden Van Wingerden.

Winners from the Santa Ynez Valley Libraries are: for best Interpretation of Theme: Jessica Xu, Gabriela Navarro, and Reiner Zhang; for best Artwork, Nolan Waters, Adam Marmorstein, and Helen Pruitt-Kennett; for Message Impact, Charlotte Hecker, Brandon Williams, and Gray Arredondo; and Honorable Mentions go to Alex Gorski, Miu Ono, and Addison Osta Smith. All of the winning entries were submitted by Dunn School students.

The winning designs can be viewed in an online gallery on the library website, and printed copies of the bookmarks will be available to library patrons through the end of July.

“We thank all the teens who took the time to participate in the contest, and to share their responses to the issues, which are both global and personal. The designs are hopeful, arresting, beautiful,” said Solvang Library branch supervisor Carey McKinnon.

Book to Action continues at the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries with guest speakers, crafts, and films through July 31st. Information on all programs at the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries can be found at GoletaValleyLibrary.org.

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sacjon Jun 14, 2021 10:34 PM
Teen Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

CHEM - this article is giving recognition to teens getting an award. Stop hijacking it to complain about diversity education.

sacjon Jun 14, 2021 10:11 AM
Teen Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

COAST and MP805 - this is an article about teens doing something positive and being recognized and awarded for it. Maybe YOU, not everyone else, should go somewhere else to post and read you negative comments.

a-1623691147 Jun 14, 2021 10:19 AM
Teen Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

Coast, there are plenty of articles on Breitbart that agree with your bigoted ideology. Feel free to go there. This is not the place.

sacjon Jun 14, 2021 10:28 AM
Teen Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

CONGRATULATIONS to all the teens! Please pay no mind to the angry toddlers, you worked hard and deserve the recognition!

sacjon Jun 14, 2021 10:37 AM
Teen Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

COAST - let me tell you something. It will be deleted and that's fine, but I need this to be said. I was once like you, not long ago. Everything "woke" was just trying to divide us, slavery is over, all lives matter, "reverse racism," let's all get along, I'm "colorblind" and all my friends think Sambos was just a good restaurant, not racist at all........blah blah blah... You know what though? How I changed? I took the time to actually consider the thoughts and feelings of people who weren't white. I took the time to feel empathy for others. I could never "step into their shoes," but at least I thought "hey, maybe I have no idea what generations of racism, discrimination, oppression feels like!" Just maybe, people of color, or different sexual orientation, or anything different from me, had a much different upbringing and life experience because of their differences from me. I took the time to stop being an angry, "threatened" white man for 5 minutes and actually think about other people for once.

I know it's hard to realize that you might not know even the slightest thing about other peoples' experiences, and to realize that your attitude is selfish and outdated, but just try for 5 minutes to think about other people for once. It's remarkable when you realize that you have no idea what it's like to grow up non-white or non-straight or just NON-YOU. Try it, I dare you.

CoastWatch Jun 14, 2021 11:34 AM
Teen Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

@SACJON - FYI I have multiple "races" within my family.... not that I need to clarify or justify my thoughts. The WOKE indoctrination of kids is not the job of public education or anyone else but the parents...

sacjon Jun 14, 2021 11:38 AM
Teen Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

COAST - oh, the old "I know a black person, therefore I'm not racist" bit. Good for you. Have you thought about it then? I'm guessing not.

MarcelK Jun 14, 2021 10:52 AM
Teen Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to these kids, who are winners.

Critical Race Theory is taught in law school; it's not what these kids are learning or writing about--that claim is propaganda from right wingers (racist, bigoted, fundamentally bad people--losers).

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