PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) announces its 6 student winners from the 2016 Sixteen on Center Art & Writing Contest, an annual contest held to promote the importance and value of a healthy environment to the youth of Aquidneck Island.
Portsmouth Press previously announced 2 of the winners:
“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: 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: 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, which was awarded at the ALT annual meeting on Feb. 2, 2017.
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. “It is a wonderful example of the community support given to ALT and other non-profits on Aquidneck Island.”
Sixteen on Center is a design company based in Tiverton.
Aquidneck Land Trust’s time-sensitive mission is to preserve and steward Aquidneck Island’s open spaces for the lasting benefit of the community while connecting people with the land that defines the island’s natural character. The organization has conserved 2,552 acres on 76 properties across Aquidneck Island since its founding in 1990. ALT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and the first land trust in Rhode Island to have received national accreditation.
For more information, visit www.ailt.org.