WESTFIELD, NJ — Twenty-three students from nine schools were recognized for essays, poetry and artworks at Westfield's 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day service on Monday.

The students recognized in the annual contest are as follows:

Intermediate schools

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Essay contest winners are as follows:

  • First Place – Matthew Akins, seventh grade, Holy Trinity School
  • Second Place – Monica Manescu, seventh grade, Edison Intermediate School
  • Third Place – Bridget Sheehan, eighth grade, Holy Trinity School

Winners of the poetry contest are as follows:

  • First Place – Chiara Cosenza, eighth grade, Edison Intermediate School
  • Second Place – Keegan Murphy, sixth grade, Holy Trinity School
  • Third Place - Nadia Rego, sixth grade, Edison Intermediate School
  • Honorable Mention – Aashi Mishra, eighth grade, Edison Intermediate School

Winners of the art contest are as follows:

  • First Place – Margaret Danenhauer, seventh grade, Roosevelt Intermediate School
  • Second Place – Annelyse Zaccaria, sixth grade, Holy Trinity School
  • Third Place – Abigail Kahn, eighth grade, Roosevelt Intermediate School

Elementary schools

Winners of the essay contest are as follows:

  • First Place – Avery Hoffman, fifth grade, Franklin School
  • Second Place – Claire Hoffman, fourth grade, Franklin School
  • Third Place – Isabella Dewey, fifth grade, Wilson School
  • Honorable Mention – Olivia Perez, third grade, Franklin School
  • Honorable Mention – Nico Richards, second grade, McKinley School
  • Honorable Mention – Abby Selvers, fourth grade, Washington School

Winners of the poetry contest are as follows:

  • First Place – Jakob Kofsky, fifth grade, Wilson School
  • Second Place – Mahie Panjwani, fourth grade, Jefferson School
  • Third Place – Keira Bartlema, fifth grade, Franklin School
  • Honorable Mention – Jessica Zhou, fourth grade, Washington School

Winners of the art contest are as follows:

  • First Place – Emilie Cadigan, fourth grade, Tamaques School
  • Second Place – Cara Waldron, fifth grade, Holy Trinity School
  • Third Place, Brandon Smith, fifth grade, McKinley School

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