Ocean County Press Release
4th Graders From 32 Schools Participate

TOMS RIVER - Four Ocean County fourth grade pupils were recently honored as the top winners of the 2013 "My County" Poster Contest in recognition of National County Government Month.

"We are very proud of the winning entries," said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly. "This is a great way for our children to learn about the many areas of county government."

A total of 87 fourth graders from 32 schools throughout Ocean County participated in the annual contest to promote awareness of County government and its functions. Fourth graders were invited to design a poster that depicts all that's special and unique about Ocean County. The winners were each presented with a certificate from Ocean County officials at a ceremony held in the Ocean County Administration Building, here, during a meeting of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Parents, family members, teachers and various school officials attended the awards ceremony commending all of the students for participating in the contest.

"We are proud to have so many talented fourth graders in Ocean County," said County Clerk Scott M. Colabella.

"Each year we see the interest in this contest grow," said Surrogate Jeffrey Moran. "It is a great learning tool for our youngsters."

The winners and their respective schools were: Claudia Magahis, First Place, St. Dominic's School, Brick Township; Bethany Edley, Second Place, Ridgeway School, Manchester Township; Jack Mangan, Third Place, Cedar Creek School, Lacey Township and Ben Sparks, Honorable Mention, Ethel Jacobson/Long Beach Island School.

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