ELIZABETH, NJ – Three students from Holy Trinity School in Westfield were presented resolutions by Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen and Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski for winning the 2017 Union County Arbor Day Poetry Contest.

Anna Maliakal won third place in the fourth-grade division and Angelika Demetrick and Cyril Maliakal won second and third place in the seventh-grade division, respectively.

The contest was open to students from fourth through eighth grade in Union County Schools. The winners were selected by a group of volunteer judges. The program is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders in cooperation with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board.

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“We had a total of 56 kids who wrote poems this year,” Bergen said. “One of the most fun things we do at this meeting is hear the winning poems from each grade.”

The awards were presented at Thursday night’s Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders agenda setting meeting. A full list of the winners was provided by the county and can be read below:

Fourth Grade: Bianca Barreto from St. Bartholomew Academy in Scotch Plains won first place, Phillip Snair from School One in Scotch Plains won second place and Anna Maliakal from Holy Trinity in Westfield won third place.

Fifth Grade: Reese Passuth from Hehnley School in Clark won first place, Leimary Arvelo (not pictured) from Duarte-Marti School #28 in Elizabeth won second place and Aelyn Moran from Our Lady Of Guadalupe in Elizabeth won third place.

 Sixth Grade: Catherine Dustin from the Lincoln School in Garwood won first place, George Cueva (not pictured) from Duarte-Marti School #28 in Elizabeth won second place and Eliana Ficarra from Lincoln School in Garwood won third place.

Seventh Grade: Mateo Vasques from Our Lady of Guadalupe in Elizabeth won first place, Angelika Demetrick from Holy Trinity in Westfield won second place and Cyril Maliakal from Holy Trinity in Westfield won third place.

Eighth Grade: Sean McTernan from Oratory Preparatory School in Summit won first  place, Annie Exi from Kawameeh Middle School in Union won second place and Eric Teixeira (not pictured) from Duarte-Marti School #28 in Elizabeth won third place.