Lakewood Township Shade Tree Commission Recognizes Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners

Posted on May 26, 2016 By

Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller and members of Lakewood’s Shade Tree Commission recently recognized the winners of the 2016 Arbor Day Poster Contest, open to public school students, grades one to five.

All recipients — one first place winner, one second place winner, two third place winners, one honorable mention with excellence, and 24 honorable mentions — received Proclamations from Lakewood Township and the New Jersey State Legislature through Senator Singer, and two tickets to a Lakewood BlueClaws game, donated by the Lakewood BlueClaws. First, Second and Third Place award winners also received a cash prize donated by First Commerce Bank, Lakewood.

The judges evaluated the quality of the artwork submitted as well as how well the students conveyed the role trees play in the environment. Shade Tree Commission members who presented awards to the winners were Stan Crnobori, chairman, Craig Theibault, vice chairman; and Mary Kay Malec, executive assistant. All posters were judged by the Shade Tree Commission members.

The Winners:
First Place: Jay-Lyn Sanchez, 4th Grade, Oak Street School
Second Place: Janiris Leal Rosales, 5th Grade, Oak Street School
Third Place: Malachi Trujillo, 1st Grade, Oak Street School; and Kevin Sanchez, 1st Grade, Spruce Street School. (Sarah Brown, Art Teacher at Spruce Street School)
Honorable Mention with Excellence: Kevin Bello, 4th Grade, Oak Street School

Honorable Mentions:
Oak Street School: John Minka, Art Teacher
Ashley Ramirez – 1st Grade
Kevin Barajas – 1st Grade
Evelyn Perez-Flores – 2nd Grade
Shayla Rojas Gomez – 2nd Grade
Deysy Martinez – 2nd Grade
Daylin Osrio-Jimenez – 2nd Grade
Susana Gonzalez – 3rd Grade
Jaretzy Mendez – 3rd Grade
Angely Flores – 3rd Grade
Kevin Cacalotl – 3rd Grade
DaShaun Witter – 4th Grade
Keyla Arellano – 4th Grade
Jesus Manzarran – 4th Grade
Allison Angel – 5th Grade
Marvin Garcia – 5th Grade
Karen Ortega Marin – 5th Grade
Paul Ramirez Clara – 5th Grade
Yamilet Santos – 5th Grade
Dayana Arteaga – 5th Grade
Marvin Garcia – 5th Grade
Allison Angel – 5th Grade

Clifton Avenue School: Kristen DeVuyst and Ariel Williams, Art Teachers
Estephany Cuautle – 5th Grade

Ella G. Clarke School, Reginald Russell, Art Teacher
Yasmin Xahuentitla – 4th Grade
Auja Toney – 4th Grade

Craig Theibault, vice chairman, said, “We hold a poster contest each year to raise awareness of the importance of trees among children. We hope the children will learn about trees, and take an interest in them, by planting trees and preserving Lakewood’s valuable tree resource. The Shade Tree Commission greatly appreciates the support shown by the Lakewood School District administration and teachers for the yearly Arbor Day Poster Contest.”

Lakewood Township has been designated a Tree City USA for the 35th consecutive year for having a commitment to caring for and managing public trees, and for its annual Arbor Day programs.