‘Creativity Contest’ winners announced by Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office

Prosecutor Suarez said it was uplifting to see the creativity and messages of hope reflected in the artwork

The winning artwork, by Beau Copeland of Guttenberg.
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The winning artwork, by Beau Copeland of Guttenberg.

As school children throughout the county are stuck at home and learning through online instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office launched a creativity contest in March for students to submit artwork, videos, and poetry.

With dozens of entries submitted, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced the winners from each town and schools that entered, with 17 awardees. Each winner will receive a $25 Target gift card. All participants will also receive a certificate.

The contest, titled “How Much We Love Hudson County Drawing and Creativity Contest,” gave students a chance to share what they love about their Hudson County towns, according to the HCPO.

Students were encouraged to draw inspiration from their towns’ people, places, sights, smells, and sounds through drawing, video, poems, and more. The contest was open to all students, grades pre-k to 12.

HCPO said that while many students submitted work on their own, some teachers used the contest as a way to get creative with the class, with students from entire classes submitting work.

And the envelope, please!

1- Guttenberg – Beau Michael Copeland, Anna Klein School, 2nd grade

2- Kearny – Isabella Mangal, Garfield School, 3rd grade

3- West New York – Kaylee Majana, Robert Menendez School, 3rd grade

4- Secaucus – Arav Bajoria, Huber Street School, 4th grade

5- North Bergen – Melani, Ian and Luna Sanchez, Lincoln and Roosevelt Schools, Kindergarten and 2nd grade

6- Union City – Layla Martinez and Olivia Navarro, PreK and Roosevelt School

7- Weehawken – Mario Buzzelli, Roosevelt School, 6th grade

8- Weehawken – Clare Facchini, St. Francis School, 5th grade

9- Jersey City – Explore Middle School, Layza Velez, 7th grade

10- Jersey City – Learning Community Charter School, Vihaan Badani, 2nd grade

11- Jersey City – Primary Prep Middle Schoolers

12- Jersey City – Global Community Charter School, Angelica Suri, 4th grade

13 – Jersey City – Sydney Wright, County Prep High School, Grade 10

14- County Prep High School, Grade 9, Daana Kamal

15- County Prep High School, Grade 10, Tiara Jenkins-Amaker

16- County Prep High School, Grade 11, Nyellie Muniz

17- County Prep High School, Grade 12, Disha Patel

“During these difficult times, we thought this would be a positive way for young people to engage in a creative outlet while sharing what they love about their home towns,” Suarez said. “We thank everyone who participated, including the teachers who used this as a way to showcase their students’ creative talents.”

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