New England Science & Sailing Foundations Announces Winning Artists in Annual Statewide Drawing Contest

STONINGTON, CT. New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) announced this year’s winning artists for the statewide calendar drawing contest entitled “Long Island Sound and Its Watershed: What It Means to Me.” The annual drawing contest is open to all Connecticut students currently in Grades K-6. Grace McKee of Niantic Center School was named the overall winner. Her artwork will be featured on the cover of next year’s calendar.

NESS’s President and CEO Spike Lobdell commented, “Over 1,800 talented young artists from across the state participated in this year’s contest. All the imaginative, inspiring creations that were submitted depicted environmental stewardship and the importance of preserving Long Island Sound. Many thanks to the students as well as their teachers and parents who provided support.”

A panel of judges chose two first place and two honorable mention winners from each grade as this year’s award recipients. The students will be honored at an award ceremony in Hartford later this month. The artwork will also be part of a year-long traveling exhibit at various locations in Connecticut.

Honorees Include:

Grade K First Place Rynesmee Stilley Harbor School, New London
Grade K First Place Rylee Cort Individual Entry
Grade K Honorable Mention Henry de Oliveira Morris Street School, Danbury
Grade K Honorable Mention Chloe Brissitte Hayestown Avenue School, Danbury
Grade 1 First Place Nayeliz De La Cruz Smalley Academy, New Britain
Grade 1 First Place Malikiy Caruthers Harbor School, New London
Grade 1 Honorable Mention Anya Nadel Greenwich Japanese School, Greenwich
Grade 1 Honorable Mention Amanda Muench Preston Veterans’ Memorial School, Preston
Grade 2 First Place Takuma Fuwa Greenwich Japanese School, Greenwich
Grade 2 First Place Sarah Bellissimo Sacred Heart School, Greenwich
Grade 2 Honorable Mention Tycen LaBelle Preston Veterans’ Memorial School, Preston
Grade 2 Honorable Mention Gianna Duzant Dr. Charles E. Murphy, Oakdale
Grade 3 Overall Winner Grace McKee Niantic Center School, Niantic
Grade 3 First Place Shota Taguchi Greenwich Japanese School, Greenwich
Grade 3 Honorable Mention Jeremy Soler Harbor School, New London
Grade 3 Honorable Mention Ariele Cardoso Preston Veterans’ Memorial School, Preston
Grade 4 First Place Yusuke Miura Greenwich Japanese School, Greenwich
Grade 4 First Place
Grade 4 Honorable Mention Lucas Auten St. Mark School, Stratford
Grade 4 Honorable Mention Nicholas Pompilli Niantic Center School, Niantic
Grade 5 First Place Skylar Frost St. Michael School, Pawcatuck
Grade 5 First Place Yuri Ikeda Greenwich Japanese School, Greenwich
Grade 5 Honorable Mention Zachary Rios Smalley Academy, New Britain
Grade 5 Honorable Mention Janelle Lennon Preston Veterans’ Memorial School, Preston
Grade 6 First Place Mia Bellemare Hartland School, East Hartford
Grade 6 First Place Diana Gavrylchuk Individual Entry, Stamford
Grade 6 Honorable Mention Andrea Tropea Individual Entry, Stamford
Grade 6 Honorable Mention Amalie Harper Individual Entry, Stamford

NESS, a nationally-recognized and award-winning nonprofit ocean adventure education organization, provides students of all ages with year-round ocean adventure programming that includes marine science, sailing, and water sports. NESS scholastic programs support teachers’ STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) curricula with a unique combination of on-the-water and in-the-classroom lessons intended to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills.

The annual “Long Island Sound & Its Watershed” calendar drawing contest is funded by a grant from the Dominion Foundation and was previously overseen by the Long Island Sound Foundation.

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