Varieur school stu­dent wins city photo con­test

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JONATHAN BISSONNETTE jbis­son­nette@paw­tuck­et­times.com

PAWTUCKET – A fifth-grader from Francis J. Varieur Ele­men­tary School won the Mayor’s Choice Award and took home a $100 prize as her im­age of flow­ers and fo­liage was de­ter­mined to be the pho­to­graph that best cap­tured a closer look at her home­town.

Nora El­lis Cal­houn’s im­age not only won her the top award and a cash prize, but it will also grace the cover of the 2019 City of Pawtucket Cal­en­dar. The pic­ture cap­tures a close-up view of flow­ers and fo­liage near the wrought-iron fence of the Pawtucket Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Am­phithe­ater. In the back­ground be­yond the am­phithe­ater is the Ex­change Street bridge and Tol­man High School, bathed in the light of a set­ting sun.

The win­ning images in the city’s an­nual photo con­test were an­nounced dur­ing a re­cent cer­e­mony, as judges were tasked with se­lect­ing the win­ning images in the city’s an­nual photo con­test from a pool of 500-plus en­tries. The win­ning pho­to­graphs were an­nounced by Mayor Don­ald R. Gre­bien dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Black­stone Val­ley Tourism Coun­cil Vis­i­tor Cen­ter.

The smat­ter­ing of win­ners con­tains pic­tures taken by shut­ter­bugs from Pawtucket, Cum­ber­land, and Prov­i­dence. Ad­di­tional en­tries were sub­mit­ted from pho­tog­ra­phers lo­cated in At­tle­boro, South At­tle­boro, Cen­tral Falls, Lin­coln, and East Prov­i­dence.

Eleven win­ning pho­tos were se­lected by a panel of lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers and will be placed in the 2019 City Cal­en­dar as part of the 20th an­nual City of Pawtucket Photo Con­test. Fol­low­ing a call for con­test themes ear­lier this year, “Pawtucket: A Closer Look,” a rec­om­men­da­tion by lo­cal res­i­dent Linda Du­gas, was se­lected as the theme for the yearly con­test.

Ev­ery fifth-grader from the city’s ele­men­tary schools par­tic­i­pated in this year’s con­test. The city’s youth are well rep­re­sented among the win­ners, as five of the 11 cal­en­dar en­tries were pic­tures cap­tured

by lo­cal chil­dren.

The first-place win­ner and re­cip­i­ent of a $75 cash prize was “Dragon Boat Race” by Elaine Sandy of Prov­i­dence. Win­ning sec­ond-place and a $50 cash prize was an en­try from John Schon­dek of Pawtucket.

The hon­or­able men­tion win­ners were: An im­age from Ma­son Belisle, a fifth-grader at Fal­lon Me­mo­rial Ele­men­tary School

A pic­ture from Kaylee Colo’n, a fifth-grade stu­dent at Flora S. Cur­tis Ele­men­tary School

“Wait­ing for Pie” by Re­becca Siemer­ing of Pawtucket

A photo cour­tesy May­lan Jade Fer­nan­des, a fifth-grader at Fal­lon Me­mo­rial Ele­men­tary School

A pic­ture from Owen Mon­aghan of Francis J. Varieur Ele­men­tary School

“Re­mem­ber Peace” by Amanda Ca­passo of Pawtucket

“Slater Park Spokes” by Brooke Tun­ni­cliffe of Cum­ber­land

“Mama Duck at City Hall” by Kathy Sawka of Cum­ber­land

Photo by Nora El­lis Cal­houn

This photo taken by Francis J. Varieur Ele­men­tary School fifth-grader Nora El­lis Cal­houn was the win­ning en­try in this year’s City of Pawtucket photo con­test.

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