Winners Announced in 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. Ilana Gilbert of the Cloonan Middle School in Stamford 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, “This year’s contest involved over 2,500 Connecticut students whose inspiring artwork depicted the importance of preserving Long Island Sound. Many thanks to the students as well as their teachers and parents who provided support in this environmental stewardship project.”

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 calendar in 2020.

Grade Student Name Place School
K Dennis Monge Melendez 1st Place Individual Entry
K Jullia Pazmino 1st Place Sacred Heart, Greenwich
K Jade Mendoza Honorable Mention Harbor School
K Brandon Richey Honorable Mention Preston Veterans’ Memorial School
1 Roger Crampton Jr 1st Place Lyme Consolidated School
1 Jannat Waseem 1st Place Smalley Elementary
1 Katniss Li Honorable Mention Dr. Charles E. Murphy Elementary School
1 Lily Chase Honorable Mention Sacred Heart Greenwich
2 Alperen Demir 1st Place Niantic Center School
2 Emma Voight 1st Place Oakdale Elementary School
2 Ashelyn Noonan Honorable Mention Preston Veterans’ Memorial School
2 Jaiden Garcia Honorable Mention Smalley Elementary
3 Margaret McKee 1st Place Niantic Center School
3 Ayaho Taki 1st Place Greenwich Japanese School
3 Landon Bourque Honorable Mention Individual Entry
3 James Tedeschi Honorable Mention Woodside Intermediate School
4 Molly Kery 1st Place Saint Mark School
4 Tiffanie Butler 1st Place Dr. Charles E. Murphy Elementary School
4 CarlaJane Nagle Honorable Mention Individual Entry
4 Bralyn Church Honorable Mention Smalley Elementary
5 Alexa Tufares 1st Place Dr. Charles E. Murphy Elementary School
5 Sayuri Morimoto 1st Place Greenwich Japanese School
5 Gianna Lennon Honorable Mention Preston Veterans’ Memorial School
5 Andrew Taylor Honorable Mention Individual Entry
6 Olivio Stiebel 1st Place Individual Entry
6 Monika Budny Honorable Mention HALS Academy
6 Natalie Borowska Honorable Mention Saint Mark School
6 Ilana Gilbert Overall Winner Cloonan Middle School

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. In 2018, NESS became the first school partner program to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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. For more information about the drawing contest, please visit https://nessf.org/long-island-sound-calendar-contest/

Winning drawing by Ilana Gilbert