ALT Art and Writing Winners
The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) announced six student winners in the 2016 Sixteen on Center Art & Writing Contest, held annually to promote the importance and value of a healthy environment to the youth of Aquidneck Island. “We had terrific success this year with our call for entries,” said Chuck Allott, executive director of Aquidneck Land Trust. “Over 180 pieces of artwork and writing were submitted, each expressing the artist’s or writer’s favorite vista on Aquidneck Island. It was wonderful to see and read about the local views that are special to the students!”
The three winners in the art category were selected by popular vote using the social media platform Facebook. Winners were Kathryn Halton, a third grader at Pell Elementary School; Maeve Crowley, a sixth grader at Thompson Middle School; and Kacey Shearman, a tenth grader at Portsmouth High School.
A panel of judges selected the three winners in the writing category. They were Lily McColough, a third grader at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport; Lauren Flowers, a sixth grader at the Pennfield School in Portsmouth; and Kyra Higgins, a tenth grader at Portsmouth High School. Winners each received a $300 check, awarded at the ALT annual meeting on Feb. 2.
Each student’s school received a check for $550 to further the goal of educating students about the environment. Additionally, Forest Elementary School in Middletown received a $550 check, in recognition that the school submitted more artwork than any school on Aquidneck Island.
“We are very grateful to our sponsor, Sixteen on Center, for their generosity and commitment to environmental education,” said Allott. Sixteen on Center is a design/ build company based in Tiverton.