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PHOTOS: Shade Tree Commission Recognizes Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners

3Mayor Isaac Akerman and members of Lakewood’s Shade Tree Commission recently recognized the 25 winners of the 2015 Arbor Day Poster Contest, open to public school students, grades one to five.

All recipients — one first place winner, two second place winners, two third place winners, and 20 honorable mentions — received Proclamations from Lakewood Township and 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.

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 Dr. Michael F. Gross, chairman, Craig Theibault, vice chairman; and Mary Kay Malec, executive assistant. All posters were judged by the Shade Tree Commission members.

The winners:

Oak Street School

Grade1: Honorable Mention: Ashley Elias Flores, Jamie Garcia, Alisson Miranda-Alvarez
Grade 2: Honorable Mention: Brenda Mazzoco Coatl, Joanna Flores De Lossantos, Oscar Mena-Naranjo, Justin Rocha
Grade 3: Honorable Mention: Miriam Contreras-Campos, Melissa Lopez-Cisneros

Grade 4: Second Place: Jaimily Flores; Honorable Mention: Carolina Marquez, Andrea Araiza Ramirez, Daniela Tablas

Grade 5: First Place: Jayzi Gonzalez Salazar; Honorable Mention: Janet Calvario Aguilar, Aaliyah Arias, Jose Espinoza, Margarita Espinoza

Clifton Avenue School

Grade 2: Second Place: Fatima Ocana

Grade 3: Third Place: Sandra Cilia, Alondra Silva; Honorable Mention: Kevin Ortega Castro

Grade 4: Honorable Mention: Julio Rosales

Ella G. Clarke School

Grade 4: Honorable Mention: Edith Ceaca, Xiomara Rojas

Dr. Gross, a full-time administrator and biology professor at Georgian Court University (GCU) and director of the university’s arboretum, said, “The Shade Tree Commission appreciates the support shown by the Lakewood School District administration and teachers for the yearly Arbor Day Poster Contest, which we hold to raise awareness of the importance of trees among children. We hope that what the children learn about trees will cause them to take an interest in trees and in planting trees and preserving Lakewood’s valuable tree resource.”

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

Picture Caption: Lakewood Officials with Arbor Day Poster Winners (l. to rt.) Thomas Henshaw, Municipal Manager; Committeeman Michael D’Elia; Dr. Michael Gross; Township Attorney Steven Secare (behind Dr. Gross; Mayor Isaac Akerman; Superintendent of Schools Laura Winter; Committeeman Ray Coles; Vice President of Shade Tree Commission Craig Theibault; Township Clerk Kathryn Cirulli; and Mary Kay Malec, Shade Tree Commission.
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