NEWS | May 19, 2017

Teen artists put their talents and passions to work for 'donate life'


Competitors in the third annual Sacramento Regional Donate Life Visual Arts Contest shared their winning poster and video entries and were recognized with cash prizes at a ceremony held May 11 at UC Davis Medical Center.

Now in its third year, the contest encourages high schoolers to use their unique artistic talents and perspectives to create posters or videos about the importance of organ and tissue donation.

See the winners!
Huanying Yeh of Rocklin High School won grand prize honors in the 2017 Donate Life Visual Arts Contest for her poster titled, “Be An Organ Donor: Light Up Someone’s World.”
Huanying Yeh receiving her prize
Click here to see all of the winning posters and videos.

"The contest is just one example of our combined efforts with UC Davis Transplant Center to find new and exciting ways to engage our community in the ‘donate life’ message,” said Monica Johnson, executive director of Sierra Donor Services. “Our goal with the contest is to inspire the next generation to join the donate life registry. If the students who submitted entries are any indication, we are definitely achieving our goal.”

A total of 26 students participated from nine schools — Bella Vista, California Virtual Academy at Sutter, Del Oro, Futures, Hiram Johnson, Oak Ridge, Rocklin, St. Francis and Union Mine — and eight winners were selected along with three runners-up.

Del Oro multimedia teacher Nick Zerwas encourages participation in the contest and similar public service announcement projects because it gives young video producers connections with important issues. All of this year’s video winners were his students.

"We are thrilled by how the contest is becoming an important teaching tool,” said Richard Perez, chief of transplant surgery at UC Davis. “We hope it inspires conversations beyond school walls and within families about organ donation and the power it has to save lives.”

There is a critical shortage of donors for the more than 23,000 Californians (about 2,700 in the Sacramento region) who are waiting for lifesaving organs. Outreach efforts such as the visual arts contest aim to close that gap.

To get involved in the 2018 visual arts contest, contact Deanna Santana at 916-678-6016 or Lisa Rodriguez at 916-281-5959.

More information about the UC Davis Transplant Center, the nation's highest volume kidney transplant program, is at

Information about Sierra Donor Services, the organ and tissue donor recovery organization for the greater Sacramento area, is at