PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014\u00a0The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) recently named the 15 student winners of the 2018 Sixteen on Center Art & Writing Contest, which is held annually to promote the importance and value of a healthy environment to the youth of Aquidneck Island.\n\n\n\nPublic and private schools were invited to submit artwork and essays (or poems) created by their students, highlighting favorite Aquidneck Island scenic vistas.\n\n\n\u201cWe are thrilled with the entries for this year\u2019s contest,\u201d said Chuck Allott, Executive Director of Aquidneck Land Trust. \u201cThe students showed incredible creativity and talent, and it\u2019s clear that they treasure the beauty of our island. We appreciate the wonderful participation in the contest and are pleased to award prizes to the students and their schools.\u201d\n\n\n\nThe nine winners in the art category were selected by popular vote using the social media platform Facebook:\n\n\n \tLev Wyllie, grade 1, Pell Elementary School (first place K-4)\n \tAustin O\u2019Brien, grade 1, Pell Elementary School (second place K-4)\n \tWilliam Kimes, grade 1, Pell Elementary School (third place K-4)\n \tNichelle Collier, grade 7, Thompson Middle School (first place gr. 5-8)\n \tJazelle Ramos, grade 5, Thompson Middle School (second place gr. 5-8)\n \tTess Margolis, grade 5, Thompson Middle School (third place gr. 5-8)\n \tKatherine Warner, Rogers High School (first place gr. 9-12)\n \tJonathan Guzman, Rogers High School (second place gr. 9-12)\n \tJaden Petrie, Rogers High School (third place gr. 9-12)\n \tA panel of judges selected six winners in the writing category.\n \tThais Jackson, grade 6, The Pennfield School (first place gr. 5-8)\n \tIsabel Swain, grade 7, The Pennfield School (second place gr. 5-8)\n \tLila Bragan, grade 6, The Pennfield School (third place gr. 5-8)\n \tAspen Pearson, grade 7, Thompson Middle School (honorable mention)\n \tMadison Biastre, grade 7, Thompson Middle School (honorable mention)\n \tCharlotte Colby, grade 6, The Pennfield School (honorable mention)\n\nWinners will each receive a cash prize, awarded at the ALT annual meeting on Feb. 7, 2019. The schools of the first-place winners will also receive a cash prize to further the goal of educating students about the environment.\n\n\n\n\u201cWe are very grateful to our sponsor, Sixteen on Center, for their generosity and commitment to environmental education,\u201d said Allott. \u201cIt is a wonderful example of the community support given to ALT and other non-profits on Aquidneck Island.\u201d\n\n\n\nSixteen on Center is a design\/build company based in Tiverton, RI.\nAquidneck Land Trust\u2019s time-sensitive mission is to preserve and steward Aquidneck Island\u2019s open spaces for the lasting benefit of the community.\nThe organization has conserved 2,600 acres on 80 properties across Aquidneck Island since its founding in 1990. ALT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the first land trust in Rhode Island to have received national accreditation. For more information, visit www.ailt.org.