New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife


April 30, 1998

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Paul Tarlowe at 908-637-4125

The authors of winning essays in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife's twelfth annual Fishing Essay Contest were honored on the opening day of trout season, Saturday, April 11, at the Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center in Oxford, Warren County. Governor Christine Todd Whitman and DEP Commissioner Robert C. Shinn, Jr. were on hand to personally congratulate each of the winners as they fished in the facility's Fishing Education Pond.

Division Director Bob McDowell was also on hand to spend time fishing with the youngsters. "This is certainly one of the most enjoyable activities I have the pleasure to participate in," he said. "It is a credit to the parents of these youngsters to have instilled in their children the values and appreciation of nature that inspire them to write such fine essays."

After fishing, the winners received plaques and fishing equipment at an awards luncheon held in the facility's auditorium.

The theme of this year's essay was "My Favorite Fishing Buddy." From nearly 500 essays received, the Division selected the essays from the following youngsters:

First Name Last Name Place Grade Hometown
Kim Bauernfeind 1st 1 - 2 Howell
Jason Craig Keple 2nd 1 - 2 Tuckerton
Justin R. Hofmann 3rd 1 - 2 Newton
Mike Vellucci 1st 3 - 4 Hampton
Ted Kozlowski 2nd 3 - 4 Washington
Jordan P. Apgar 3rd 3 - 4 Columbia
Edward Kim 1st 5 - 6 Leonia
Theresa Gue 2nd 5 - 6 Warren
Allison Baum 3rd 5 - 6 Marlton
Tamara White 1st 7 - 8 Park Ridge
Jeanne-Marie Scollo 2nd 7 - 8 Fairfield
Dan Seals 3rd 7 - 8 Blairstown