WARSAW — The Whitko Art Department dominated the Kosciusko County Lakes and Streams 11th Annual Wonderful Water Student Art Contest, earning 13 of the contest’s 19 awards.

The program is designed to raise awareness and appreciation for Kosciusko County waters through artistic expression.

The theme for this year’s contest was “Lake and Stream Habitats.” Fourth- through 12th-grade students from Kosciusko school districts were invited to submit their depictions of local waterways.

Artists with winning entries received cash prizes and the privilege of having their artwork on display in the community. As a bonus, the artwork was also featured in a calendar. Artwork was evaluated by a panel of judges from Grace College Art Department. Criteria for judging was based on creativity, artistic merit, compatibility of any wildlife with its habitat, and depiction of the theme.

The artists are led by Whitko High School art teacher Daniel Malicki.

Eighth/ninth grade

Third: Haley Laws, “Lake of Placidity”

Honorable Mention: Morgan Dyck, “Leap Frog”

Honorable Mention: Michaela Wade, “The Morning Dream”

HM Emily Huhn, “A Day at the Lake”

10th grade

First: Megan McDaniel, “Flying High!”

Second: Taylor Smith, “Hopping Around”

Honorable Mention: Ryce Noragon, “Rowing Away for the Day”

11th grade

Second: Celeste Logan, “Blue Stream”

Third: Ella Kay Danner, “Blue Jay Study”

12th grade

Second: Aneka Paduga, “Found Wonder”

Third: Julia Seifert, “The Moon Watches All”

Honorable Mention: Kaitlin Frank, “Freshwater Flight”

Honorable Mention: Livia Rose, “Friendly Floppers”