Forest Lake fourth-grade student Ethen Chen and middle school sixth-grader Isabella Bartilucci were first-place winners in the Horizons Program Recycled Sculpture Contest for grades 3-4 and grades 5-6, respectively.
The 15-inch, highly-creative sculptures of local marine life were made primarily out of recycled or upcycled materials and were accompanied by a fact sheet about the ocean animals that are commonly found off the coast of Long Island or that migrate through local waters. The sculptures were judged by teachers on the interesting use of materials, originality of design, ability to stay within the size requirements, overall aesthetic look and researched facts on the sculptured marine life. Awards were presented during the district’s annual Horizons Day on March 3.
In addition, Mandalay fourth-grader Liam Fields won second place in the grade 3-4 contest with Mandalay third-grader Joe Riso placing third. In the grade 5-6 contest, Wantagh Elementary fifth-graders Liam Rotzler and Kate Vezzuto won second- and third-place awards, respectively.
Through a commitment to educational excellence in a secure, supportive environment, the Wantagh Public Schools shall inspire students to develop a strong sense of individual worth and respect for others, to become lifelong learners and independent thinkers, and to fulfill themselves as concerned citizens in a diverse world.