Emily Haines, a 7th grade student from Columbia Middle School won second place of the 2016 Union County Arbor Day Poetry Contest. 

Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski presented a resolution to the 7th grade winners: Martha Byrne from the Holy Trinity School in Westfield won first place. Emily Haines from the Columbia Middle School Berkeley Heights won second place. Andrew Figueroa from St. John the Apostle in Clark won third place.

A total of 164 poems were entered by students in 4th thought 8th grade from 29 schools throughout Union County. The winners were selected by a group of volunteer judges. This event is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders in cooperation with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board.