Students and parents filled the room at the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education regular meeting on Monday, April 16.
Most were there to receive awards for the Kodiak Kids Don’t Float poster contest through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the civilian volunteer branch of the Coast Guard.
Nicole Clark with the Kodiak Flotilla presented the awards and said they received about 340 entries from preschool-aged artists to adult artists, which is the largest age range they’ve ever had.
There were 24 finalists, many who stepped up to the front of the room.
“And now we’re happy to present this year’s grand prize winner, Kayleigh Rogers, from Kodiak Middle School.”
Clark distributed small cash prizes to the top two artists from each grade and additionally a life jacket to the grand prize winner.
The contest falls into the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s mission of educating the public about boating safety.