San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans)

CA: Student Art Takes a Bus Ride Contest Winners Announced

SamTrans announced the winners of the annual county-wide student art competition "Art Takes a Bus Ride," at its regular board meeting.

The winning entries were selected from more than 400 submissions from schools in SamTrans’ service area. The artists, who are in first to sixth grade, were asked to illustrate the theme “Window to Your City.”

The student’s work illustrates sights that a rider would see from a SamTrans bus. Second grader Lukas Wiggers drew a detailed panorama of the Carlmont Shopping Center, which is served by SamTrans Routes 260, 262 and 295.

Keya Arora, a third grader, painted a SamTrans bus waiting for a gaggle of geese to cross the road. “I live in Redwood Shores so I see this happen all the time,” said Arora.

Taylor Gee, a fourth grade student, used colored pencils to draw a city-scape of a busy intersection in Belmont. Gee was a winner twice before, in kindergarten and third grade. Even so, she was not sure she would win this year. “I looked at the winners from before on the website and I thought they were so much better.”

Sixth grader Alina Kalmeyer also was surprised to find out that she was a winner. She used colored pencil and black marker to show the view looking out the window of the bus, something she sees every day when she rides SamTrans Route 83 to Hillview Middle School.

All of the winning entries will be featured on adcards inside SamTrans buses and on the outside of SamTrans rolling museum known as the Art Bus. The Art Bus will be in service for a year.

The winners received a SamTrans Summer Youth Pass, a certificate and a framed copy of the bus adcard showcasing their art.

This is the ninth year that SamTrans has partnered with the San Mateo County Office of Education to present the art contest.

Winning Entries

  • Tymofiy Kornyeyev, first grade, Sandpiper Elementary, Redwood City, Ms. Ferguson
  • Lukas Wiggers, second grade, Central Elementary, Belmont, Mrs. Giang
  • Keya Arora, third grade, Sandpiper Elementary, Redwood City, Mrs.Watson
  • Taylor Gee, fourth grade, Sandpiper Elementary, Redwood City, Ms. Taylor
  • Adrienne Evans, fifth grade, North Star Academy, Redwood City, Ms. Martin
  • Alina Kalmeyer, sixth grade, Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park, Ms. Hogan