ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Eighteen pupils at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School have been cited for their artistry with prizes won in the annual borough Shade Tree Commission poster contest.

       The contest was a part of the participation by the commission in National Arbor Day festivities.
       The prizes were distributed by Louise I. Donoghue, commission co-chairman, and school principal Janet Walling at the year-end AHES awards assembly. Prizes given by grade to students were $10 gift certificates for first place, $5 certificates for second place and a certificate for honorable mention informing them that a tree would be planted in their honor in a national forest.
       Among those cited were first grader Zachary Margolick, a second place; second grader Eliza Chiles, a first place; third grader Avaried Marci, a second place; fourth grader Grace Schutzenhofer,and Lydia Smith, an honorable mention; fifth graders Charlie Sima, a first place, and Madison Boylan, a second place, and sixth graders Maeve Sherlock, a first place, and Jack Schutzenhofer, an honorable mention.
       A special certificate of thanks was awarded to art teacher Caroline Northrop for her guidance to the pupils.
       Each of the winning posters is on display at the public library in Borough Hall on First avenue.
       Earlier this year, the Shade Tree Commission planted two trees in the school playground in an effort co-financed by the commission and the PTO.