Dare elementary students big winners in NCBBA art contest

By on December 26, 2017

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Ranger Chris Cabral, HM winner Alayna Mooty, NHES first place winner Kate Wasniewski, teacher Lisa Alderman and NCBBA Treasurer Tom Heggie.

Dare County Schools elementary schools participated in the recent Operation Beach Respect Art Contest sponsored by the NC Beach Buggy Association and the National Park Service.

Students in grades three through five in Dare, Carteret and Hyde counties were invited to participate.

NCBBA Past President, Harry Nash, described the theme of Operation Beach respect as, “in keeping with the goals of our Operation Beach Respect Program. Respect for our beaches helps keep them clean and healthy.

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“We can all help by showing Respect for Beaches, Respect for Dunes, Respect for Wildlife, Respect for Vegetation, and Respect for Others. Students were asked, What does a clean and healthy beach look like when we all work to protect it?”

Nash thanked Acting Superintendent of Moores Creek National Battlefield Jennifer Pierce and Supervisory Park Ranger Hatteras Island Christopher Cabral for their help in establishing the criteria for the contest, as well as serving as judges.

Also on his appreciation list was Superintendent of the National Park Service Outer Banks Group David Hallac, Deputy Superintendent Mark Dowdle and Chief of Interpretation and Education Mary Doll for their advice and support.

First Place: A $250 award went to Kate Wasniewski, a fifth grader at Nags Head Elementary, (teacher Lisa Alderman);

Second Place: $150, Zada Davis in third grade at Harkers Island Elementary, (teacher Kari Bryant);

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Third place: $100, Mya Murrell a third grader at Grade Beaufort Elementary, (teacher Mrs. Lipton);

There were four honorable mentions: First Flight Elementary fourth graders Jasmine Cook and Nadiya Hassell, art teacher Martha Butcher; NHES fifth grader Alayna Mooty, also in Lisa Alderman’s class, art teacher Cindy Wise; and Manteo Elementary fourth grader Cora Walker in Helen Corbett’s class, art teacher Mari Beth LaRose.

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