LIVINGSTON, NJ – Each year, the Livingston Chapter of UNICO sponsors a Christopher Columbus Essay Contest for fifth grade students. Students submitted their essays in which they had to explain the traits that Christopher Columbus had that today’s adventurers and explorers must also have.
On Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Hillside Elementary School, first, second and third place winners were chosen and recognized at an award ceremony. On hand to present the winners with their awards and certificates were UNICO President, Al Branchi, and UNICO Membership Chair and Past President, Ralph Celebre.
The 2011 Christopher Columbus Essay Contest winners are as follows.
Julianna Ombaldo – Aquinas Academy
Joshua Olovyannikov – Burnet Hill Elementary School
Andrew Jiang – Collins Elementary School
Brandon Drapeau – Harrison Elementary School
Becca Gilliland – Hillside Elementary School
Brittany Sun – Mt. Pleasant Elementary School
Stephanie Krin – Riker Hill Elementary School
Douglas Del Turco – Aquinas Academy
Sarah Miller – Burnet Hill Elementary School
Erin Paisner – Collins Elementary School
Keerthi Jayaraman and Isabella Ferrante (tie) – Harrison Elementary School
Tommy Werner – Hillside Elementary School
Derek Wang – Mt. Pleasant Elementary School
Isabelle Chirls – Riker Hill Elementary School
Geraldine Gascon and Bianca DeLeon (tie) – Aquinas Academy
Matthew Feit – Burnet Hill Elementary School
Jonathan Ackerman – Collins Elementary School
Alisha Zhu and Jason Wang (tie) – Harrison Elementary School
Caleb Liu – Hillside Elementary School
Haley Choi – Mt. Pleasant Elementary School
Emily Schaefer – Riker Hill Elementary School