The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Saipan and Tinian Committee named the winners of its wreath, art, and poetry contests last Friday during the Walk of Honor ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Kilili Beach.
The wreath competition was hosted for elementary and middle schools. The theme surrounded the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian. There was also a twist to this competition—the wreaths could only be made of recyclable materials. The committee wanted students to understand the importance of the battles.
The art contest had two separate divisions: K to 2nd grade and 3rd to 5th grade. Participants were tasked to create art that was related to the battles of Saipan and Tinian.
The poetry competition also had two separate divisions: middle school and high school. Participants made poems related to the struggles during the battles of Saipan and Tinian.
Chacha Ocean View Middle School topped the wreath competition, while San Vicente Elementary School took second place. Completing the Top 3 was Tanapag Middle School.
In the K to 2nd grade division of the art contest, Kyrie Sarai Palec of SVES took first place. Second and third place went to Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School students George Moses and Gianna Rose Moses, respectively.
In the 3rd to 5th grade division of the art contest, Kagman Elementary School student Isa Nishitani took first place. Second and third place went to Garapan Elementary School student Marlin Chang and KES student Tina Marie Kineshi, respectively.
In the middle school division of the poetry contest, Jazlyn Mafnas of Tanapag Elementary School took first place. There were no second and third placers.
Lastly, for the high school division of the poetry contest, Allison Somol Sumor of Da’ok Academy took first place. Second and third place went to Kagman High School student Anhkiet Milad Huyn, Jr. and Marianas High School student Jennifer Crolla, respectively.
Winners were presented with trophies and medals at the Walk of Honor ceremony.