Nopal (from the Nahuatl word nohpalli [noʔˈpalːi] for the pads of the plant) is a common name in Spanish for Opuntia cacti (commonly referred to in English as prickly pear), as well as for its pads.
There are about 114 known species in Mexico, where it is a common ingredient in numerous Mexican cuisine dishes. The nopal pads can be eaten raw or cooked, used in marmalades, soups, stews and salads, as well as being used for traditional medicine or as fodder for animals. Farmed nopales are most often of the species Opuntia ficus-indica or Opuntia matudae although the pads of almost all Opuntia species are edible. The other part of the nopal cactus that is edible is the fruit, called the tuna in Spanish and the "prickly pear" in English.
Contest Rules, Deadline, and Ownership of Artwork
The JEMA Poster Contest is open to all high school seniors, both public and private schools, in Tulare County.
Posters must be original artwork of the student, and any size between the minimum dimension of 11” x 17” to a maximum dimension of 22" x 28". Artwork may be executed in any medium (oil, acrylic, watercolors, markers, pastel, charcoal, color pencil, etc.). Posters may also be created or enhanced digitally but must begin as an entirely original work of art by the student, and printed to the required size for submission.
The Submission Form (back page) must be included with each artwork, with the title of the poster, name of the student, their age, their school or organization, email address, and importantly, with their personal telephone number or that of their parent or guardian.
Note: Each Submission Form must include the signature of the student's parent or guardian. Posters submitted without all the required information will not be eligible for the contest.
Ownership of Artwork
Ownership of the artwork submitted for the contest will remain with the artist. However, the JEMA Foundation reserves the right to reproduce and publish any and all artwork submitted for this contest, and publish the artist’s name, age, and school for promotional and marketing use. The artist may donate artwork to the foundation, but not required.
The winning entries, finalists, and special award winners, will be kept for a period of time as part of the poster contest display at an upcoming community special event in 2023, and then will be returned to the student.
Contest Submissions Open: April 1, 2023
Submission Deadline: Friday, May 26, 2022
High School Senior (student) planning to attend college.
The artwork must convey the theme of “Nopal” or “Opuntia”, commonly
called prickly pear or cactus.
Artwork may contain elements of nopales ; being planted, the plant,
panels, cut, cooked, and/or prepared as a meal.
Artwork may contain common themes including: Cultural significance.
All posters must be delivered to Tulare County Office of Education,
located at 6200 South Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277. Please attention
drop-off submissions to Marlene Moreno by Friday, May 26, 2023 by 12 p.m.
The chosen artwork will be featured at the next JEMA Foundation event.
Three winners will be selected, each will receive:
$250 College Scholarship.
Special guest invitation to a JEMA Foundation event where artwork will be on display.
Name and school featured on all posters.
Design and Formatting:
All artwork must be submitted to fit within a (acceptable sizes include 11” x 17” to 22” x 28”).
All artwork must be completed in color.
Artwork only, no text please.