A total of 164 poems were entered by students in 4th thought 8th grade from 29 schools throughout Union County. The winners were selected by a group of volunteer judges. This event is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders in cooperation with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board.
Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski present resolutions to the winners of 2016 Union County Arbor Day Poetry Contest.
(From 2nd left) Miriam Walsh from the Holy Trinity School in Westfield won first place. Devon from the Franklin Elementary School in Union won second place. Asher Wallace from the Franklin Elementary School in Union won third place.
(From 2nd left) Sebastian Saavedra from the Robert Gordon Elementary School in Roselle Park won first place. Abigail George from the Jefferson School in Vauxhall won second place. Natalie Ortiz from #27 Dr. Antonia Pantoja School in Elizabeth won third place.
(From 2nd left) Alissa Stotz from the Lincoln School in Garwood won first place.
Natalie McBride from the Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark won third place.
(From 2nd left) Martha Byrne from the Holy Trinity School in Westfield won first place. Emily Haines from the Columbia Middle School Berkeley Heights won second place. Andrew Figueroa from St. John the Apostle in Clark won third place.
(From 2nd left) Anya Nordstrom from the Lincoln School in Garwood won first place. Jade Condez from St. John the Apostle in Clark won second place. Chidinma Chigozie-Nwo from the Walter O. Krumbiegel Middle School in Hillside won third place.
Photos by Jim Lowney/County of Union