Lakewood Township Shade Tree Commission Recognizes Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners

Arbor Day 2014 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 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. [TLS]

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