Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) has announced 18 student  winners in the 2020 ALT Art & Writing Contest, held annually to promote an appreciation of the island’s  natural beauty. Students who live or attend school on Aquidneck Island were invited to submit art or  written work portraying their favorite local vista.  

“The response to the contest was fantastic,” said Chuck Allott, Executive Director of ALT. “Despite the challenges of this school year, we received 170 entries from students attending ten island  schools. Their entries show a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of Aquidneck Island, and we thank  the students and their teachers for sharing their special places with us.” 

Art winners in the kindergarten through grade four-category are: Hyunsung Lee, Pell Elementary  School (first place); Nathaniel Morgan, Melville Elementary School (second place); and Joel Morgan,  Melville Elementary School (third place). 

Hyunsung Lee, Pell Elementary  School (first place)

Art winners in the grade five through grade eight category are; Agatha Howell, Pennfield School  (first place); Margaret Humphrey, Pennfield School (second place); and Erin Alphonse, Portsmouth  Middle School (third place). 

Agatha Howell, Pennfield School  (first place)

Art winners in the grade nine through grade twelve category are: Oliver Marshall, (first place);  Emma Bartlett (second place); and Delaney Gouveia, (third place), all of Rogers High School. 

Oliver Marshall, (first place)

Writing winners in the kindergarten through fourth grade category are: Grace Dalton, Pell  Elementary School (first place); Caroline Whitlock, St. Michael’s School (second place); and Brayden  Martin, Melville School (third place). 

Grace Dalton, Pell  Elementary School (first place)

Writing winners in the grade five through grade eight category are: South Fulweiler, St.  Michael’s School (first place); Charlotte Colby, Pennfield School (second place); and Mollyana Nuki, St.  Michael’s School (third place).  

South Fulweiler, St.  Michael’s School (first place)

 Writing winners in the grade nine through grade twelve category are: Travon Anderson (first  place); Hiroto Bito (second place); and Karla Costa (third place), all of Middletown High School. 

Travon Anderson (first  place)
Travon Anderson (first  place)

Art entries were judged by a panel that included Norah Dietrich, Executive Director of the  Newport Art Museum; Erik Greenburg, Director of Museums at the Newport Restoration Foundation; Susan Woythaler, artist and musician; and Jonathan Gewirz, ALT board member. Written entries were  judged by Annie Sherman Luke, writer; Katherine Gagliano, principal, Amplify Marketing; and Jonathan  Gewirz, ALT board member. The contest was underwritten by a grant from local design/build firm  Sixteen on Center. 

Winners will be acknowledged at the ALT Annual Meeting on February 4, 2021. The public is  invited to attend the annual meeting; registration is on the ALT website (www.ailt.org). The school of  each first-place winner will receive a $500 grant to support their environmental science curriculum. “We  are very grateful to Sixteen on Center for their generosity and commitment to environmental education,”  said Allott. “We also thank the teachers, who understand the importance of encouraging an appreciation  for the outdoors and the environment in their students.” 

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