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To celebrate Staten Island’s upcoming 350th anniversary (1661-2011), the SI350 Education Committee presented a contest about the “Bridges of Staten Island” on two levels; one for Staten Island students from grades 1 through 5 and the other for grades 6 through 12.

Students were to select a Staten Island bridge (major or local) that had affected them, their family or their community. For the younger grades, they were to draw a picture of the bridge and, for the upper grades, they had the option to take a photograph or draw the bridge.  Pictures with family or friends were encouraged.

Included with the entries, the students wrote what had inspired them to pick the bridge and described who or what is in their drawing/photo. The students also were asked to report two dated historical or significant facts about the bridge they selected.  Some of the winning responses are reprinted below, including several who related how their grandfather helped to build the Verrazano bridge

There were over 500 entries of dozens of different bridges.
We are pleased to announce the winners below.

Grades 1-5 Winners:

1st Place
Mikhail Smirnov
PS 8
4th grade

2nd Place
John Maher
Our Lady of Good Counsel School
3rd grade

3rd Place
Martin Clemente
PS 19
5th grade

Grades 1-5 Honorable Mentions - Historic:

Catherine Michetti
Our Lady of Good Counsel School
3rd grade

William Wheeler
Our Lady of Good Counsel School
4th grade

Grades 1-5 Honorable Mentions - Local Bridges:

Jennifer Estrada
PS 19
5th grade




Steven Bracco
PS 3
2nd grade


Grades 6-12 Winners:

1st Place
Miriam Yoo
Port Richmond High School
12th grade

2nd Place
Jennifer Martinez
Port Richmond High School
12th grade

3rd Place
Julia Simoniello
Tottenville High School
11th grade

Grades 6-12 Honorable Mentions - Historic:

Anthony Bello
IS 34
6th grade

Ryan Hughes
St. Clare's School
7th grade

Sean Drennan
St. Clare's School
7th grade

Shannon Quirk
St. Clare's School
7th grade

Grades 6-12 Honorable Mentions - Local Bridges:

Alivia Mendez
St. John Villa High School
10th grade

Bridget Fisher
IS 27
7th grade

Steven Russo
Tottenville High School
12th grade


Our Judges:
Addy Manipella
A former NYC teacher, her goal is "seeing the lights go on" in children. She is currently working as an educator at the Staten Island Children's Museum and is proud of its contribution to the community.

Carolyn Corbo
After a unique experience working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and 8 years in Junior high schools, Carolyn has been an Art teacher at P.S. 50 for 16 years where she had the privilege of working in a wonderful school community.

Catherine Ma
At the College of Staten Island, Catherine serves as an adjunct lecturer in the Psychology department. She is also a mom to three little ones who teach her how to be a better human being each and every day.

Photo documentation of entries courtesy of Johnny J. Chin

Contest Coordinator:
Josephina Lee
Chairperson, SI350 Education Committee
Board Member, Staten Island Chinese School


 

“Many people take their wedding pictures on this bridge in New Dorp Moravian cemetery, just as my great aunt did many years ago. This is [one of] the oldest stone arch bridges surviving on Staten Island.” — Alivia Mendez

”The bridge at Conference House Park has a lot of sentimental value to me. Growing up my sisters and I would walk through the paths and would always stop at this bridge, next to a pear tree, to admire the view of the ocean ...” — Julia Simonella

“... I was particularly stunned, yes, actually stunned, by some of the talent ...”
— Addy Manipella

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading each student's facts and personal stories ...”
— Catherine Ma

“I was intrigued by the writing that accompanied the artwork.” — Carolyn Corbo

“My grandfather Richard Hayes was the second oldest of seven children who immigrated from New Foundland [Canada] for a better life. He was 15 when his dad passed away and he became an iron worker for local 40 two years later ... [Grandfather] worked on the Verrazano bridge for three years straight ...” — Ryan Hughes

“The Verrazano is so pretty, at dusk, dawn, covered in snow…In my picture, a small portion of Fort Wadsworth is shown. I remember going there before my sweet fifteen party to take some photos. The beauty of the bridge showed. I think it was symbolic. My sweet fifteen was my bridge from being a child to a young woman.” — Jennifer Martinez

“In July 1963, my grandfather worked at a machine shop in Brooklyn. Being a NYC firefighter, he was not afraid of heights and volunteered to work at the top of the Verrazano bridge. He had to take a boat then an elevator….” — Sean Drennan

“On June 28th, 1976, there was a giant American Flag placed on the Verrazano bridge to help celebrate the bi-centennial year…It was built from 1959 to 1964. Without it, I would not be able to play hockey with my friends in Brooklyn.” — Anthony Bello

“My papa drives his tugboat under this bridge. The first time I went with him, it was nighttime. The bridge looked beautiful. The Verrazano bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge. The cables contract and expand so that the bridge roadway is 12 feet lower in summer than winter.” — William Wheeler