Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Andrea Staten congratulate Kelly Hanratty from the Deerfield Middle School in Mountainside on winning First place in the eighth grade category of the 2019 Union County Arbor Day “Young Writers of Union County” poetry contest.

All contestants ranging from grade 4 through grade 8 prepared an original work in an effort to promote Arbor Day and creatively show the importance of trees in Union County.