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April 12, 2000

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The authors of winning essays in the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife's fourteenth annual Fishing Essay Contest were honored on the opening day of trout season, Saturday, April 8, at the Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center in Oxford, Warren County.

Division Director Bob McDowell was also on hand to spend time fishing with the youngsters at Pequest's Fishing Education Pond. "It is always very rewarding for us to honor the winners in this annual contest," he said. "These youngsters are able to convey in writing the enjoyment they get from fishing and share their experiences with their teachers, families and friends."

After fishing, DEP Assistant Commissioner Cari Wild was on hand to personally congratulate each of the twelve winners at an awards luncheon. The winners received plaques and fishing equipment as prizes in the contest.

The theme of this year's essay was "My Funniest Fishing Story." From nearly 600 essays received, the Division selected the essays from the following youngsters:

Name Place Grade Hometown
Julianne DiNizio 1st 1 - 2 Hampton
Ashley Mannion 2nd 1 - 2 Annandale
Colin Garland 3rd 1 - 2 Flemington
Susanne Sclafani 1st 3 - 4 Succasunna
Nicholas Zemlachenko 2nd 3 - 4 Flemington
Carly Silva 3rd 3 - 4 Kearny
Kevin Jankoski 1st 5 - 6 Lopatcong
Sarah Theresa Southard 2nd 5 - 6 Franklin
Joey Toke 3rd 5 - 6 High Bridge
Josh Joyce 1st 7 - 8 Pittsgrove
Brandon Porter 2nd 7 - 8 Franklin
Doug Bookholt 3rd 7 - 8 Vernon