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Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest

Empowers 5th grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece.



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Conserve Wildlife Foundation is pleased to announce the winners and runner-ups of the 2018 Species on the Edge Art and Essay Contest!

Atlantic County
First Place: Shelby Streno - Belhaven Middle School
Second Place: Kamsiyochukwu Nwotite - Belhaven Middle School

Bergen County
First Place: Valentina Tsai - Ho-Ho-Kus Public School
Second Place: Samantha Bernstein - Ho-Ho-Kus Public School

Burlington County
First Place: Sydney Creelman - Bobby's Run School
Second Place: Aarav Patel - Bobby's Run School

Camden County
First Place: Daehui Yi - Kresson School

Cape May County
First Place: Megan Turner - Dennis Township Elementary School
Second Place: Zoe Zammit - Ocean City Intermediate School

Essex County
First Place: Nataly Ruiz - Ann Street School
Second Place: Maria Colodetti - Ann Street School

Gloucester County
First Place: Isabella Mazzuca - J. Mason Tomlin Elementary School
Second Place: Lily Cannon - Parkview Elementary School

Hudson County
First Place: Melanie Campos - Kearny Board of Education
Second Place: Brianna Lopez - Kearny Board of Education

Hunterdon County
First Place: Lauren Haines - Delaware Township School
Second Place: Tobin Smith - Clinton Public School

Mercer County
First Place: Andrew Lee - Riverside School
Second Place: James Gibbings - Bear Tavern Elementary School

Middlesex County
First Place: Rachel Song - Millstone River School
Second Place: Amilia Oh - Millstone River School

Monmouth County
First Place: Angelina Santapaola - Lloyd Road School
Second Place: Bailey McBride - Lloyd Road School

Morris County
First Place: Max Dellaratta - Mountain View Middle School
Second Place: Caitlyn Piotrowsky - Harding Township School

Ocean County
First Place: Makaila Scully - Nelli F. Bennett Elementary School
Second Place: Farrah Mohamed - Veterans Memorial Elementary School

Passaic County
First Place: Durban Garcia - School #28
Second Place: Amelie Swiatek - School #2

Salem County
First Place: Justice Harding - Paul W. Carleton School
Second Place: Brianna Robbins - Paul W. Carleton School

Somerset County
First Place: Parinita Chandrashekar - Eisenhower Intermediate School
Second Place: Benny Rivero - Auten Road Intermediate School

Sussex County
First Place: James Rabbitt - Homeschooled
Second Place: Anya Pucci - Pope John Middle School

Union County
First Place: Emma Miller - Thomas P. Hughes School
Second Place: Alexandra Genua - Thomas P. Hughes School

Warren County
First Place: Abigail Smith - Homeschooled
Second Place: Avery McEvoy - Ridge and Valley Charter School

Stay tuned for our 2018 Species on the Edge Art and Essay Interactive Story Map with the winning artwork to be posted soon!

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View the winning entries in CWF's 2017 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest as well as which schools from New Jersey participated by using our interactive Story Map.


Past Winners of the Species on the Edge Contest

This STEAM-based contest enables 5th grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece. Check out the past winners of this contest since the beginning.

Species On The Edge - Testimonials

Testimonials from educators about the Species on the Edge Contest. Submit your own testimonial.

Species on the Edge Circle of Winners Club

Open to all past and current winners of the Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest, the Circle of Winners Club will offer unique access to upcoming wildlife events, academic and professional networking, merchandise discounts, and up-close and personal wildlife experiences.



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Students select one of more than eighty endangered New Jersey species and write a well-researched essay creatively advocating for that animal. Students can complete their essay and accompanying art piece as part of a week-long Common Core and NextGen Science standards aligned unit or with a quick one day introduction. All educator materials, including handouts, PowerPoints, and detailed lesson plans, are included within the contest kit. Because students become champions for New Jersey animals by learning where they live, what they look like, and what threatens their futures, a diverse range of learners are able to engage in a real-world research project where writing and art take on significance beyond the walls of the classroom.



Download 2018 Contest Kit and Entry Form

2018 Contest Kit and Entry Form - 1.0MB
2018 Contest Kit and Entry Form for Species on the Edge

List of Endangered and Threatened Species in New Jersey

Download Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resource Kit

Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resource Kit - 6.6MB
Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resource Kit. Includes comprehensive unit and lesson plans which include pre-writing graphic organizers, Powerpoint presentations, grading rubrics, & other resources to help implement the contest into your daily lesson plans.


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