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The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 10-05 and the Associated Artists of Southport at Franklin Square Gallery announce the winners of their student boating safety poster contest.  Our contest was focused on the themes of National Safe Boating Week and protecting marine mammals.  Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all of our student artists who participated in the contest. We received many entries and they really advocated for boating safety and protecting marine life. 

Best of Show: Micah Callihan  11th Grade

1st Place High School: Jasmine Gutierrez  12th Grade

2nd Place High School: Alexa Piver    10th Grade

3rd Place High School: Noah Bott  12th Grade

1st Place Middle School: Avianna Sorensen  6th Grade  

We will host a reception for all participants in the contest and will present awards to the winners on Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 pm at Franklin Square Gallery located at 130 E. West Street in Southport.  Please join us to congratulate all the participants and winners.

NOTE; The reception date has been changed from our original announcement.  


Check out the rules, regulations and instructions of the poster competition.


Click here to download the application form. 


Click for more information about the prizes for the winners of the poster competition.


Click for the press release.

Poster Competition
Poster Competition

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Associated Artists of Southport at Franklin Square Gallery will host a student poster contest about boating safety and protecting marine mammals. The contest winners and participants will be recognized at a reception at Franklin Square Gallery at 7:00 pm on May 25, 2022. 


The Boating Safety Poster Contest is open to high school and middle school students who reside in Brunswick County.  $350 in prizes will be awarded.  Awards will be made for best in show and for both high school and middle school students.


The themes for the contest are life jackets save lives, boating safety training saves lives, get a vessel safety check for your boat, and protect our marine mammals-give them their space. Students interested in entering the contest can find additional information and an application form at either of the organization’s websites:  or


Completed posters must be delivered to Franklin Square Gallery at 130 E. West Street in Southport no later than 5:00 pm on May 19th, 2022.


The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit                





Hello Boating Safety Poster Contest Artists,

We have received many posters and we are so happy that you took the time out of your busy school year to make them.

We were planning to do the judging of the posters today but we have been delayed because we have a big event taking place at Franklin Square Gallery this weekend. The judges and other gallery staff are involved in setting up and running this event. 

We are going to do the judging on Tuesday (May 24) and we will post the winning names on the Franklin Square Gallery website and the Flotilla 10-05 website.

We will also change the date of our reception at Franklin Square Gallery. The new date will be Thursday, May 26  at 7:00 pm (that will give us time to get set up after the judging). 

Thanks again for your participation.

Rich O'Donnell, Flotilla Commander

USCG Auxiliary 


US Coast Guard
US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government. Established in 1790, the Coast Guard served as the nation's only armed force on the sea until Congress launched the Navy Department eight years later.  Since then, the Coast Guard has protected the United States throughout its long history and served proudly in every one of the nation's conflicts.

The Coast Guard through History

4 August 1790 – President George Washington signs the Tariff Act that authorizes the construction of ten vessels, referred to as "cutters," to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling.  The Revenue Cutter Service expanded in size and responsibilities as the nation grew.

1915 – The Revenue Cutter Service merges with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, and is officially renamed the Coast Guard, making it the only maritime service dedicated to saving life at sea and enforcing the nation's maritime laws.

1939 – President Franklin Roosevelt orders the transfer of the Lighthouse Service to the Coast Guard, putting it in charge of maritime navigation.

1946 - Congress permanently transfers the Commerce Department's Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation to the Coast Guard, putting merchant marine licensing and merchant vessel safety in its control.

1967 – The Coast Guard is transferred to Department of Transportation.

2003 – The Coast Guard is again transferred, this time to the Department of Homeland Security, where it currently serves.

The Coast Guard Today

The Coast Guard is both a federal law enforcement agency and a military force, and therefore is a faithful protector of the United States in peacetime and war. In times of peace, the Coast Guard operates as part of the Department of Homeland Security, enforcing the nation's laws at sea, protecting the marine environment, guarding the nation's vast coastline and ports, and performing vital life saving missions. In times of war, or at the direction of the President, the Coast Guard serves under the Department of the Navy, defending the nation against terrorism and foreign threats.


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