THOUSAND PALMS — SunLine Transit Agency this week unveiled two hydrogen fuel cell buses wrapped with the first-place winning submissions of its 2019 Student Art Contest.

The winning student art was unveiled front and center at Sunline’s headquarters in Thousand Palms.

Most of the first-, second-, and third-place student winners attended the special ceremony and were acknowledged for their student art. Those who won second and third place will have their artwork featured on SunLine bus shelters. Winners are as follows:

Middle School Category

  • First Place Winner (Bus Wrap), Chanbin Park, seventh grade, Palm Desert Charter Middle School
  • Second Place Winner (Bus Shelter Art), Maddie Voss, seventh grade, Palm Valley School
  • Third Place Winner (Bus Shelter Art), Bradley Marienfeld, sixth grade, James Workman Middle School
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Bus artwork by First Place Winner in the Middle School Category, Chanbin Park.


Elementary School Category

  • First Place Winner (Bus Wrap), Abby Lopez, fourth grade, King’s School
  • Second Place Winner (Bus Shelter Art), Kobe Khai Nguyen, fourth grade, Amelia Earhart Elementary School
  • Third Place Winner (Bus Shelter Art), Cali Cartland, fifth grade, Gerald R. Ford Elementary School
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Winner in the Elementary School Category, Abby Lopez, with (from L to R): SunLine’s CEO/General Manager, Lauren Skiver; Student Art Contest co-sponsor, Dee Dee Wilson Barton of Barton CPA; La Quinta Mayor, Linda Evans; and La Quinta Councilmember, Kathleen Fitzpatrick. City of La Quinta was the other co-sponsor of the Student Art Contest.

The cost of the bus wraps is underwritten by the contest’s co-sponsors – the City of La Quinta and Barton CPA.

There were 345 entries in the Elementary School Category, and 67 entries in the Middle School Category – submitted from schools throughout the Coachella Valley. This is SunLine’s Fourth Annual Student Art Contest.

“We are so excited to see the looks on the faces of these talented students as they see their artwork larger-than-life for the first time,” Lauren Skiver, CEO/General Manager for SunLine Transit Agency, said in a prepared statement. “This community program is especially unique as it incorporates the importance of public transit while educating local students on how SunLine uses alternative fuels to promote clean air in the Coachella Valley. SunLine remains committed to air quality, and will continue to support initiatives like the Student Art Contest to help the local community learn more about the work SunLine is doing in alternative fuels.”

Each spring, students are encouraged to submit entries focused on the art contest’s theme, “SunLine Buses are Important for the Coachella Valley and the Environment.” Participating students were asked to include buses and landmarks unique to the Coachella Valley.

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Image Sources

  • Bus Wrap: Sunline Transit Agency
  • Group photo with winner: Sunline Transit
  • Abby Lopez in front of her bus art.: Sunline Transit Agency