Scotia kindergarten class wins top prize for mural

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Jamie Lommori's Scotia kindergarten students created a piece of artwork that won first place in the Redwood Region Logging Conference (RRLC) annual Mural Contest in the K - third grade category. That top award brings a $150 cash prize to Lommori and her students for educational projects.

Lommori said the theme of the poster fit perfectly into the science curriculum her students were studying. "They were studying trees and wood and paper," she said, "and all the students really enjoyed making the poster."

In the middle of the creation is a redwood tree with real redwood bark and redwood twigs, and surrounding the tree are miniature photo cutouts of all her students, wearing bright orange safety vests. The artwork follows the theme of this year's Diamond Jubilee of RRLC: "Celebrating our Families and Forests that Cultivate our Communities."

Two other Fortuna Schools each received an honorable mention for the murals that were created. Diana Godinho's fifth/sixth grade class at New Life Christian School and Susana Coleman's Transitional kindergarten class at South Fortuna Elementary School each received a $50 cash award.

Each year, the Logging Conference invites schools in both Humboldt and Mendocino Counties to participate in the mural contest and compete for cash prizes.

RRLC also awards college scholarships annually and this year handed out a total of $10,000 to students from Humboldt State University, College of the redwoods and cal Poly. Scholarships were awarded in honor of Jere Melo, Kent Holmgren, Ron Adams, and on behalf of the RRLC. Scholarship recipients were Sam Jacobzoon ($2,000), Rachelle Raines ($2,000), Dennis Webb ($2,000), Sara Hylton ($1,000), and Venessa Ellsworth, Deborah Urcelay, Matthew Kellenberger, and Huan Huynh ($500 each).

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Jamie Lommori's Stanwood A. Murphy Elementary School kindergarten class is pictured with their prize-winning mural in Scotia.