St. George's School, Faculty Drive. Min Lee, gr. 12, St. George's School

The Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) has announced 29 student winners in the 2022 ALT Art & Writing Contest, held annually, to promote the importance and value of a healthy environment. Students at Aquidneck Island schools were invited to enter artwork or written work depicting their favorite local vista. The winners were announced at the land trust’s annual meeting on February 2, 2023. 

Art entries were judged by a panel that included Erik Greenburg, Director of Museums at the Newport Restoration Foundation; Seamus Hames, Manager of Museum Education at the Newport Art Museum; and Susan Woythaler, musician and board chair of the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County. Written entries were judged by Katherine Gagliano, principal, Amplify Marketing; Beezie Bickford, Associate Head for Faculty and School Affairs at St. George’s School; and Janine Weisman, Editor-in-Chief for States Newsroom. The contest was underwritten by a grant from local design/build firm Sixteen on Center. 

Art winners in the kindergarten through grade four category are: Liam Honnen, first place (All Saint’s STEAM Academy); Theo Dorrien Traisci, second place (The Pennfield School); William Lavery, third place (All Saint’s STEAM Academy); Jace Healey, honorable mention (All Saint’s STEAM Academy); and Annlee Kneib, honorable mention (All Saints STEAM Academy.)

Sunset Red Sky. Liam Honnen, gr. 4, All Saint’s STEAM Academy 

Winners in the grade five through grade eight category are: Benjamin Adams, first place (Portsmouth Middle School); Ariella Pimental, second place (The Pennfield School); Adelaide Rowe, third place (The Pennfield School); and Martina Haslan, honorable mention (St. Philomena’s School).

Prescott Farm, A Vista Back in Time. Benjamin Adams, gr. 7, Portsmouth Middle School

Winners in the grade nine through grade twelve category are: Min Lee, first place (St. George’s School); Avery Snyder, second place (Portsmouth High School); and Winston Yeung, third place (St. George’s School). Honorable mentions were awarded to: Clara Alcolea, Andrew Mellow, and Samantha Hacket (all of Portsmouth High School) and Sierrah Crook (Middletown High School). 

St. George’s School, Faculty Drive. Min Lee, gr. 12, St. George’s School

Writing winners in the kindergarten through grade four category are: Amelia Tumanjan, first place; Maliya Lincoln, second place; Albert Pool, third place; Kathryn Gough, honorable mention; and Kyla Tasso, honorable mention (all of All Saint’s STEAM Academy).

Pell Bridge. Amelia Tumanjan, gr. 3, All Saint’s STEAM Academy

Winners in the grade five through eight category are: Annie Kirby, first place (St. Michael’s School); Adelaide Rowe, second place (The Pennfield School); Caroline Whitlock, third place (St. Michael’s School); and Tucker Johnson, honorable mention (The Pennfield School.)

Autumn Fog on the Reservoir. Annie Kirby, gr. 8, St. Michael’s School 

Winners in the grade nine through grade twelve category are: Kyla Lehner, first place (Portsmouth High School); Riley Hall, second place (Middletown High School); Maggie Lauder, third place (Portsmouth High School); and Jessica Snyder, honorable mention (Portsmouth High School). 

The Chasm Routine. Kyla Lehner, gr. 12, Portsmouth High School

Winners will receive cash prizes and a household membership to ALT. The schools of each first-place winner will receive a grant to support their environmental science curricula. The Land Trust thanks Sixteen on Center for underwriting the contest, which encourages local students to recognize and treasure the beauty of Aquidneck Island. 

ALT is the oldest accredited land trust in Rhode Island. Since 1990, it has conserved 96 properties covering 2,792 acres of land on Aquidneck Island or over 11% of the island’s total acreage. 

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