High school artists who won the fifth annual Donate Life Visual Arts Contest were recognized with prize money totaling $3,000 at a special event in their honor May 8 on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis.
Jack Williams of Del Oro High School received top honors for his poster, Have a Heart. Other winners were:
- First prize English video: It Costs Nothing by Gavin Bomhoff, Del Oro High School
- First prize multilingual video (Chinese): Pass on the Heart, Pass on the Love by Calvin Yeh, Rocklin High School
- First prize English poster: I Signed Up by Huanying (Joy) Yeh, Rocklin High School
- First prize multilingual poster (Vietnamese): Humanity’s Greatest Gifts by Linh Huynh, River City High School
Contest organizers encourage students who speak languages other than English to participate. This year, they received their first poster in Vietnamese and their first video in Chinese. Crossings TV, which broadcasts in Asian languages, has agreed to share the video with its audiences.
“We want young people of many cultures to realize their important roles as ambassadors in their communities for organ donation,” said Richard Perez, chief of transplant surgery at UC Davis Health. “The contest opens doors to conversations with friends at school and family around the kitchen table that promote understanding and dispel myths.”
Reaching out to high schoolers also helps them understand why they can choose to become donors when applying for California driver’s licenses or identification cards, according to Deanna Santana, public education and relations manager for Sierra Donor Services.
“The contest brings into focus the fact that they have the power to save lives,” Santana said.
The visual arts contest is one of the many ways UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services work together to address the critical shortage of organs and tissue available for transplant. About 21,000 people in California (2,100 in the Sacramento region) are currently on transplant waitlists.
For information, including how you can register as a donor, visit these websites: