Long Beach High student wins Celebrate the Gulf poster contest

16-19-MMS| March 22, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. – A junior from Long Beach High School has won the second annual Celebrate the Gulf poster contest.


Grace Bennett, 16, said she found out about the contest through the school.


“I’m interested in pursuing a career in art,” she said. “It looked like an interesting competition, so I decided to enter.”


The 25th annual Celebrate the Gulf Marine Educational Festival will be held Saturday, April 2, at War Memorial Park in Pass Christian. The Celebrate the Gulf committee received 15 poster submissions and voted in the competition.


Bennett was announced as the winner at the Commission on Marine Resources meeting, which was held Tuesday in Gautier.


“I’m grateful for the opportunity that the DMR is giving me,” she said.


Bennett’s poster features marine life found in the Gulf of Mexico.


Bennett will be at the festival signing posters, which are free.


Photo credit: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

16-19-MMS Grace Bennett

Grace Bennett of Long Beach is the winner of the second annual Celebrate the Gulf poster contest.


The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at