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Somerset Hills YMCA Recognizes Young Artists in Lucia Bocchino Art Contest

Group photo from left to right:  Alexander Bocchino-Back row, Yuen Wang of Basking Ridge, Charlotte Burlingame of Bernardsville, Meghan Sherer of Berkeley Heights, Zoe Jones of Basking Ridge, Lorenzo Armao of Warren, Serena Bocchino Middle Row- Annabella Fontanella of Far Hills, Julianna Armao of Warren, Sarah Nouel of Basking Ridge, Sofia Nouel of Basking Ridge, Emma Almendinger of Bedminster, Michael Almendinger of Bedminster, Front Row-Isabela Ortiz of Bernardsville, Leah Reiter of Bernardsville, Clara Hunziker of Bernardsville
Photo captions: Michael Almendinger of, Bedminster, who won third place among first graders, points to his creation.  

Basking Ridge, N.J. – Forty-two promising local artists who submitted their artwork to the Lucia Bocchino Art Contest were recognized recently at the Somerset Hills YMCA.

To encourage kids to be imaginative and creative, the Somerset Hills YMCA annually partners with the Lucia Bocchino Fund for Promising Young Artists and holds a free art contest for children from kindergarten through 12th grade. The contest is open to the community.

The Lucia Bocchino Fund was established in memory of the late Lucia Bocchino, a local artist, mother and grandmother. The art contest is designed to support and inspire young artists, according to Serena Bocchino, an artist who is the daughter of Lucia Bocchino.

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Serena Bocchino, who lives in Basking Ridge, is an accomplished artist in her own right.

The theme of this year’s contest was “Portrait of an Inspirational Woman.” 

An awards ceremony was held at the YMCA on May 17, with children receiving first, second, third place and honorable mention. The artwork was exhibited at the Somerset Hills YMCA.

Prior to the contest, Serena Bocchino hosted an art workshop at the Y where kids had the opportunity to learn different drawing and painting techniques and were able to create works of art for the contest.  

First place winners in each age category were: ,
Pre-K - Julianna Armao, Warren
K -Clara Hunziker, Bernardsville
1st-Vanessa Moffett, Bernardsville

2nd-Leia Lange, Stirling

3rd-Abbie Zarin, Bedminster

4th-Meghan Sherer, Berkeley Heights

5th-Nora Lange, Stirling

6th-Zoe Alexis, Bridgewater

7th,8th,9th – Reese Lewin, Bridgewater
About the Somerset County YMCA
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At Somerset County YMCA, we believe everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For information about Somerset County YMCA and financial assistance, visit us at


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