PRIZE PRESENTED TO POSTER CONTEST WINNER


Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Suburban News

R&S Landscaping of Midland Park recently presented the grand prize to the winner of its third annual Earth Day poster contest, Michael Patella, a sixth grade student at Ramapo Ridge Middle School in Mahwah.

  Julie Watson, R&S Landscaping’s specialty gardener, presents the 1st place certificate to Michael Patella, a sixth grade student at Ramapo Ridge Middle School in Mahwah who won the company’s third annual Earth Day poster contest. The winning submission is pictured here.

The poster depicts a scene with a bloodroot flower, Turk’s cap lily, surrounding the flag from the New Jersey state shield in front of native trees. Patella used both watercolor and colored pencils to shade the piece in soft hues.

As the first-place winner, he received a pizza party for his entire class. Julie Watson, R&S Landscaping’s specialty gardener, presented the 1st place certificate to him at the party. His teacher, Mrs. Zaccone, first introduced him to the contest when she challenged her students to enter it back in April.

The contest, said an R&S spokesperson, was launched to inspire creativity and encourage Bergen County students to be more aware of the diversity in their gardens. Open to Bergen County students in first through eighth grades, the theme was New Jersey Native Plants.

“This year we had a record number of participants, including classes in Passaic, Ridgewood, and Mahwah,” said Robert Schucker, president, R&S Landscaping. “We are always very impressed with many of the entries. The kids are talented and their creativity is always surprising. It was hard to pick just one winner, but the quality and attention to detail Michael included in his poster really stood out. We are pleased to be part of an encouraging event that helped students learn more about the ecosystem in a way that they can explore and experience for themselves.”

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