Santa Cruz SPCA Poster Contest 2016 Winners

Each year, the SPCA holds an annual poster contest in honor of “Be Kind to Animals Week”, which is recognized as the first full week in May.

The Santa Cruz SPCA would like to thank all students who entered this year for their beautiful posters, their creativity and their personal artistic interpretation of their own pets.  We asked artists to provide us with “Pet Portraits” and if they didn’t have pets to share portraits of pets they would like to have.  We received 145 posters from all over the county.  A group of volunteers and employees for the SPCA acted as the judges for this contest.  Below is a list of this year’s winners.

Posters will be on display through May in the Children’s Section of the downtown Santa Cruz library(Mid and North County entries) as well as the Freedom Branch library (South County Entries) in Watsonville on the corner of Freedom and Airport.  Unfortunately, due to the number of entries, only some may be on display.  However, if you are interested in getting your posters back, please contact the education department at 831-566-3753 or e-mail us at  Again thank you to all the children who participated, you did an excellent job!!

Here is the list of winning posters which can be seen at the Main Branch Library:


Eduardo Barajas, MacQuiddy Elementary

1st place kinder 2016

1st Grade:

Jayden Aayala, Ann Soldo Elementary

1st place 1st grade 2016

2nd Grade:

Angela Cuevas, Del Mar Elementary

1st place 2nd grade 2016

3rd Grade:

Mayeli Arreola Flores, Live Oak Elementary

1st place 3rd grade 2016

4th-5th Grade:

Sophia Nicole Smith, 4th Grade, Gault Elementary

1st place 4-5th grade 2016

6th Grade:

Ziva Grahek, Valenica Elementary

1st place 6th grade 2016

Overall Winner:

Niko Workman, Santa Cruz High

1st place overall 2016