BAY HEAD — The Bay Head Home and School Association [HSA] has announced the winners of its first annual Valentine’s Day Contest.
“One of our parents suggested a poetry contest for the kids for Valentine’s Day so we took it a little bit further,” president Larissa Robinson told The Ocean Star.
“We had different categories for the different grade levels, so the kindergarteners through second-graders had to basically cut out a heart and decorate it any way they wanted and do something creative and cute.
“The third through fifth grade had to write a poem about love and then sixth- through eighth-graders had to take a picture of something that they love, or of something that portrays love in their mind, of what they think love is.
“All of them were due on Monday and then the Home and School officers, we narrowed it down to our two favorites in each category, and then our principal Mr. [Frank] Camardo picked the winners out of those finalists.”
According to Ms. Robinson, 12 kindergarten through second-graders submitted a decorated heart, 11 third- through fifth-graders submitted a poem and 10 sixth- through eighth-graders submitted pictures.
The winner in the kindergarten through second grade category was second-grader Calla Wurch, while runner up was second-grader Johnna Flugrath. For the third- through fifth-graders category the winner was fourth-grader Emma Cook, with fourth-grader Ryder Christie named runner-up. The winner in the sixth through eighth grade category was Penelope Serrano, a sixth-grader who submitted a picture of her and her sister Courtney, who is in fifth grade. The runner-up was Bennett Mayer, an eighth-grader who submitted a picture of a sunset over the bay. Each winner received a gift card to Playa Bowls.
“They all did a great job. I think it was nice to give them a little something fun to do, since we are all freezing and stuck in our houses right now, and don’t really have any of our usual activities for the kids,” Ms. Robinson said.
“This time of year we are usually having our bingo night and there are sports and they are not having any of that right now, so this was just something fun to give the kids to do.”
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