ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Eighteen 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 1 at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. The six first-place winning posters, representing one each from first through sixth grades, will be posted in the First avenue windows of attorney Henry Wolff, 79 First Ave.
Each of the 18 recognized pupils received gift certificates from Barnes & Noble and notice that a tree will be planted in their honor in a national forest. The theme of the poster contest was "Trees Are Our Friends."
First graders honored were Adrianna Laborante, first place; Siofra King, second place, and Shealyn Higgins, honorable mention.
Second graders recognized were Charlotte Young, first place; Grace Schutzenhofer, second place, and Layla Wasserman, honorable mention.
Prize-winning third graders were Emily Rogers, first place; Eddie Payne, second place, and Kalelle Marrucca, honorable mention.
Fourth graders honored were Maeve Sherlock, first place; Bailey Tucker, second place, and Clay Kline, honorable mention.
Prize-winning fifth graders were Shannon Forbes, first place; Ricardo Santuiste, second place, and Genevieve Keelen, honorable mention.
Sixth grade honorees were Ralph D'Antonio, first place; Corina Vidal, second place, and Sean Haupt, honorable mention.
The poster contest was coordinated by art teacher Caroline Northrop.
A similar contest was held at Mother Teresa Regional School and awards are to be presented soon.
The poster contests mark the finale of the borough's Arbor Day observances and included the planting of two trees honoring the borough's first responders 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.
Mrs. Donoghue also has announced that the borough has been named a "Tree City USA" for the 33rd 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 U.S. Forest Service.