Lakewood Township Shade Tree Commission Recognizes Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners
Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller and members of Lakewood’s Shade Tree Commission recently recognized the winners of the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest, open to public school students, grades one to six.
All recipients received a Proclamation from Lakewood Township and from the New Jersey State Legislature, 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.
Shade Tree Commission members who presented awards to the winners were Dr. Michael F. Gross, chairman, Craig Theibault, vice chairman; Ryan Semblewski, member; and Mary Kay Malec, executive assistant. All posters were judged by the Shade Tree Commission members. The winners are
Oak Street School
Grade 1: Brenda Mazzoco – Honorable Mention
Grade 2: Camila Maria Urbina-Taveras – Honorable Mention
Grade 3:Giovanni Miron Ramos, Christopher Jimenez Rojas and Javier Veloz – all Honorable Mention
Grade 4: Andre Smith – Third Place; Janet Calvario, Yandiel Colotl Camacho, Emelie Mayorga and Eniya Rosado, all Honorable Mention
Grade 5: Kevonna Oliver – First Place; Jose Gomez Aranda – Second Place; Rene Garcia – Third Place; Jason Harilal, Lidia Morales, and Issis Retana – all Honorable Mention
Special Ed: Freddy Ortiz – Honorable Mention
Clifton Avenue Grade School:
Grade 1: Jamey Terzi-Retes – Honorable Mention
Grade 2: Clive Boswell, Lizbeth Gonzalez Meneses, and Hanna Hernandez–all Honorable Mention
Grade 4: Maria Mejia – Honorable Mention
Grade 5: Amy Cardozo and Yadira Meza – all Honorable Mention
Lakewood Middle School: Grade 6: Kaitlyn Montoya – Honorable Mention
Dr. Gross, who is a full-time administrator and biology professor at Georgian Court University (GCU) and director of the university’s arboretum, noted that Lakewood has been designated a Tree City for having a commitment to caring for and managing public trees, and for its annual Arbor Day programs.