King City High School students Alejandra Rojas and Elizabeth Garcia hold up their poster, which won first place in Mee Memorial Healthcare System’s poster contest to celebrate National Rural Health Day. (Contributed)

KING CITY — Mee Memorial Healthcare System has announced the winners of its student poster contest organized to celebrate National Rural Health Day on Nov. 17.

Open to all South Monterey County public and private school students from kindergarten to 12th grade, the contest centered around NRHD’s 2022 theme, “Driving Change: Going the Extra Mile.” Submissions were judged on their positive visual message and the way they illustrated the theme.

Prizes were awarded for first ($250), second ($150) and third places ($100).

First prize went to King City High School classroom students Alejandra Rojas and Elizabeth Garcia. Their vivid poster shows an airplane flying over agricultural fields, with a banner trailing behind that reads “National Rural Health Day.” Medical professionals stand next to a vineyard and a tractor with a caption reading “Driving Change. Going the Extra Mile.”

Ellise Faith Capuno, an 11th grader, shows her second-place winning poster, which focuses on the human eye, with the iris representing Earth. (Contributed)

The second-place poster winner was Ellise Faith Capuno, an 11th grader. Her poster focuses on the human eye, with the iris representing planet Earth. It reveals the following three steps: 1) Look at a human’s heart, there you find the real art; 2) Let love fill your soul as it continues to show; and 3) A simple act of “kind” can change a person’s mind.

Third prize was awarded to Britney Banuelos from King City Arts Magnet School. Her colorful collage toted ecology and safeguarding the planet.

National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded and determined spirit that prevails in rural America. 

NRHD showcases the efforts of rural healthcare providers, organizations and cooperatives, State Offices of Rural Health, and stakeholders from various industry sectors dedicated to addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face today and into the future.

King City Arts Magnet School student Britney Banuelos’ poster, which won third place in Mee Memorial’s contest, features a colorful collage toting ecology and safeguarding the planet. (Contributed)
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