The GFWC Woman’s Club of Newtown Square handed out 50 awards for excellence in art and writing to students from Marple Newtown public and private schools. The event was the culmination of the annual competition run by the Woman’s Club, and managed this year by Paula Jackson, Fine Arts Chair and Chris Spagna, Essay Contest Chair. Nearly 200 students, parents and educators attended the awards night held at Culbertson Elementary School. The art teachers include Karen Can (Marple Newtown High School), Jill Bialy (Culbertson Elementary), Vickie Israel (Worrell Elementary), Kim Trigone (Loomis Elementary), Diane Blickle (Paxon Hollow Middle School), Dierdre Selig (Russell Elementary) and Sandra Jahnle (St. Anastasia School).

Div. 1, 1st Award, Ryan Nelson, Worrall Elementary School; 2nd Award, Isabel Rayner, Culbertson Elementary School; 3rd Award, Kaeci Petgrave, Loomis Elementary School; Honorable Mention awards went to: Ciara Kelly (St. Anastasia), Madison Magargal (Worrall), Kacie McIntosh (Worrall), Jackson Park (Russell), Riley Parker (Culbertson), Anna Pascale (St. Anastasia), Jaylen Tyler (Loomis), Emily Wechter (Worrall);

Div. 2, 1st Award, Gabby Vanderslice (Worrall), 2nd Award, Miranda Zelonka (Worrall), 3rd Award, Lilly Aleardi (Worrall), Honorable Mention awards went to: Kamryn Black (Loomis), Emily Bower (Loomis) Hannah Coates (Worrall), Justin DiBona (Culbertson), Sarah Duncan (Worrall), Sydney Huynh (Loomis) Emma McGuinn (Loomis), Gloria Mehmeti (Russell), Andrew Smith (St. Anastasia);

Div. 3, 1st Award, Gloria Zacharias ( Paxon Hollow), 2nd Award, Lauren Hagen (St. Anastasia), 3rd Award,Kasey Methven (St. Anastasia); Honorable Mention awards went to: Kate Barker (St. Anastasia), Maria Englert (St. Anastasia), Katie Till (St. Anastasia);

Div. 4, 1st Award, Joshua Kim (MNHS), 2nd Award, Jordan Lafferty (MNHS), 3rd Award, Ju Seo (MNHS), Honorable Mention went to Sarah Goffney (MNHS).

2015 Essay Contest Winners

First Place and Grand Prize Winner: Julia Dever, Second Place Winner: Nicole Mostardi, 3rd Place Winner: Clara Rivers and Honorable Mention: Gianna Gentile

Culbertston School: 1st Place, Justin DiBona, 2nd Place, Oliva DiValerio, 3rd Place,Charles DiPasque;

Loomis School: 1st Place, Hanbnah Perzan, 2nd Place, Margaret Keating, 3rd Place, Emma McGuinn;

Russell School: 1st Place, Amanda Mahony, 2nd Place, Georgia Markakis, 3rd Place, Brianna Kelly;

Worrall Elementary School: 1st Place Winner, Shira Tillman, 2nd Place, Jake Biancaniello, 3rd Place, Rachael Reinhard.

For more information on the Woman’s Club, contact Membership Chair Marian Wellington at 610-353-1079. The complete list of awardees follows. GFWC, the General Federation of Women's Clubs, was founded in 1890 and is a federation of over 3,000 local clubs which promote civic improvements through volunteer service.

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