ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Twelve borough elementary school students have been honored by the borough Shade Tree Commission for their participation in the annual Arbor Day tree poster contest.

   The students were cited by commission chairman Louise I. Donoghue during an awards assembly May 10 at the school. Their posters will be posted in the hallway of the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School.

   Each of the 12 received gift certificates from local merchants including pizza, "movie money" from the Atlantic Cinema and notice that a tree will be planted in their honor in a national forest.

   First place winners in the three categories were Cara Plumaker, first and second grades; Corrina Vidal, third and fourth grades, and Alexis Bane, fifth and sixth grades.

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Louise I. Donoghue, Shade Tree Commission chairman, congratulates the three first place winners in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest during an awards assembly at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. With her are (left to right) Cara Plumaker, winner in the first and second grade category; Corrina Vidal, third and fourth grade group, and Alexis Bane, fifth and sixth grades.  Photo: Peter E. Donoghue

   In addition to Cara Plumaker, the following first and second-grades were also honored: second place, Genevieve Keelen; third place, Olivia Sanders, and honorable mention, Ricardo Santiuste.

   Joining Corrina Vidal among third and fourth-grade honorees were second place, Dennis Brown; third place, Penny Hill, and honorable mention, Jack Thurman.

   Among firth and sixth graders, winners in addition to Alexis Bane were second place, Cristiana Ciasca; third place, Aidan Haupt, and honorable mention, Emma Curry.

   The poster contest was coordinated by art teacher Caroline Northrop.

   The contest was the finale of the borough's Arbor Day observances and included the planting of a tree honoring former Mayor Helen Marchetti at the municipal yacht harbor and a tree-related educational program for children at the public library.

   Also, the commission distributed 200 pine tree tublings to local youngsters, many of which were planted by area Cub Scouts in the Lenape Woods park.

   Mrs. Donoghue also has announced that the borough has been named a "Tree City USA" for the 30th straight year in honor of its commitment to community forestry. The national recognition was accorded by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

PHOTO BY PETER E. DONOGHUE Louise I. Donoghue, Shade Tree Commission chairman, congratulates the three first place winners in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest during an awards assembly at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. With her are (left to right) Cara Plumaker, winner in the first and second grade category; Corrina Vidal, third and fourth grade group, and Alexis Bane, fifth and sixth grades.