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Fifth Annual Photography Contest Winners


The Richard B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the winners of its Fifth Annual Photography Contest

The contest, which raises funds for scholarships given annually to North Kingstown High School graduating seniors, garnered more than 100 entries in four age groups, ranging from kindergarten to adult.

Eric Leland of Fairfax, Calif., who placed second last year, took top honors in the adult category with his playful photo “Diversion.” North Kingstown’s Jan Swartz placed second with “Homegrown Lineup” while Michelle Bucci, also from North Kingstown, took the third-place prize with a striking photo of three perfectly aligned kites called “Fly Be Free.” An Honorable Mention was awarded to Dorothy Leland – mother of first-place winner Eric – for her image entitled “Bricolage.”

In the elementary division, 7-year-old Connor Pensa of Guilford, Conn., took top honors with his beautifully colorful photo called “Strange Flower in the Garden.” Leah DiCenso, 11, of North Kingstown, again took second-place with her snowy photo “Monster Bumps.” Casey Christopher, 11, of Boston, Mass., placed third with “A Little Help Here?,” which featured an opossum sitting oddly atop a tall hedge. Casey won this division last year.

Past winner Alex DiCenso, 13, of Saunderstown, returned this year to take first prize in the middle school division with a striking photo called “School’s Out.” Second and third prize in this division were won by Emma Garcia, 12, of North Kingstown. Her beautiful photo “Sunbeam” took second place while “Mirror, Mirror” came in third.

In the high school division, Lily Wright, 16, of Jamestown, won with what many judges said was their favorite photo of the year. “Ornament” (at left) featured Wright’s reflection as she photographed herself on a mirrored Christmas tree ornament. Mollie Lewander, 17, of Wakefield, placed second with a black-and-white image called “Seek”. Also shooting in black-and-white was Lauren Krueger, 17, of North Kingstown, who took third place with “Life in the Fast Lane.” An Honorable Mention was awarded to Samantha Daft, 14, of Jamestown, for her “Footprints in the Sand.”

Judging for the contest is done “blindly,” with judges seeing only the photographs and not their titles or the names of the photographers. Proceeds from the contest benefit the Richard B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The fund, named in honor of a longtime North Kingstown High School teacher who was a lifelong photographer, has awarded more than $55,000 in scholarships to NKHS graduates since its founding in 2001.  The photo contest is the primary fundraising event for the scholarships.  Private contributions and auto donations are also gratefully accepted. For more information, please contact us.

Details about the sixth annual contest will be announced later this year.

Adult Division

1st Place: Eric Leland, Fairfax, CA, “Diversion”

2nd Place: Jan Swartz, North Kingstown, “Homegrown Lineup”

3rd Place: Michelle Bucci, North Kingstown, “Fly Be Free”

Honorable Mention: Dorothy Leland, Richmond CA, "Bricolage"

High School Student Division (Grades 9-12)

1st Place: Lily Wright, 16, Jamestown, “Ornament”

2nd Place: Mollie Lewander, 17, Wakefield, “Seek"

3rd Place: Lauren Krueger, 17, North Kingstown, “Life in the Fast Lane”

Honorable Mention: Samantha Daft, 14, Jamestown, "Footprints in the Sand"

Middle School Student Division (Grades 6-8)

1st Place: Alex DiCenso, 13, Saunderstown, “School's Out”

2nd Place: Emma Garcia, 12, North Kingstown, “Sunbeam”

3rd Place: Emma Garcia, 12, North Kingstown, “Mirror Mirror”

Elementary Student Division (Grades K-5)

1st Place: Connor Pensa, 7, Guilford, CT, “Strange Flower in the Garden”

2nd Place: Leah DiCenso, 11, North Kingstown, “Monster Bumps”

3rd Place: Casey Christopher, 11, Boston, MA, “A Little Help Here?”

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