Earth Science Week 2022 Contest Winners Announced

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) congratulates the winners and finalists of this year's Earth Science Week art, photo, essay, and video contests, whose creative submissions addressed the Earth Science Week 2022 theme of "Earth Science for a Sustainable World."

Organized by AGI, Earth Science Week is a celebration and public awareness campaign reaching millions of people worldwide each year with information about geoscience. The contests provide an opportunity for individuals — including, in many cases, students producing entries as part of a classroom project — to explore and demonstrate their understanding of Earth.
Evelyn MacMichael of Oakland, California, won first place in the visual arts contest. Finalists were Owen Holt of Youngstown, Ohio; Kendra Schirckel of Poland, Ohio; Maxwell Wernicki of Poland, Ohio; Nathan Xu of Clyde Hill, Washington. Students in grades K-5 made two-dimensional artworks illustrating how land, water, air, and living things interact in a sustainable world.
Litzia Galvan of Placentia, California, won first place in the photo contest. Finalists were Audrey Collins of Cullowhee, North Carolina; Vera Hsiang of Corpus Christi, Texas; Taia Saurer of Mission Viejo, California; Michael Sipos of Naples, Florida. Submissions illustrated the ways geoscience informs local efforts to build a sustainable world.
Aislynn Carroll of Virginia Beach, Virginia, won first place in the essay contest. Finalists were Sophia Altinok of Virginia Beach; Kimberly Bolanos of Nyack, New York; Raizel Dino of Virginia Beach; Arijus Knasas of Virginia Beach. Students in grades 6-9 wrote essays of up to 300 words exploring how the Earth sciences can help achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals in areas such as poverty, nutrition, education, equality, ecosystems, climate change, and/or industrial innovation.
Grace Yan of Morgantown, West Virginia, won first place in the video contest. Finalists were Zainab Bie of Delhi, India; Maggie Rose of El Granada, California; Malia Tapp of San Mateo, California; Ashna Tumuluri of Redwood City, California. Individuals and teams created brief, original videos exploring the many ways people are using the Earth sciences to make decisions that maintain and strengthen the planet's ability to support thriving life.
Congratulations to the winners, finalists, and hundreds of students and others who entered. Each first-place winner receives $300 and an AGI publication. Entries submitted by winners and finalists are posted online at

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Geoff Camphire, AGI Communications