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Richard B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Seventh Annual Photography Contest Winners


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

The contest, which raises funds for scholarships given annually to North Kingstown High School graduating seniors, received 100+ entries in three age groups, ranging from kindergarten to adult, and in a themed category. This year’s theme for that category was “Nautical.”

The winner of the Nautical category was Kathleen Morin of North Kingstown, whose “Silent Morning” (L) featured a pair of moored sailboats shrouded in morning fog as the sun rose in Wickford. Repeat winner Dorothy Leland of Richmond, Calif., took second place with “Calm Waters.” “Landlocked” by North Kingstown’s Jan Swartz placed third in this category.

Frequent contest participant Susan Waterman of West Warwick took top honors in the Adult Division with “Moffett Mill Side View,” (r) a shot of a waterfall cascading alongside a Lincoln, RI historic mill building. Dorothy Leland also took second place in this category with “The Blizzard Begins,” a striking look at a Washington, DC roadway as a winter storm closed in. Only slightly outdone by his wife, Elliot Waterman placed third with “Follow Me, Boys,” a perfectly-timed shot of three Canada geese taking flight from Apponaug Cove.

Haley Ahlborg, a senior at North Kingstown High, won first prize in the Student II category with “Surfer Dude,” a great shot of a surfer in action in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Samantha Daft, 16, of Jamestown, took second place with “Curious Cat.” Samantha also placed second in this category in last year’s sixth annual contest. In third place was frequent competitor Alex DiCenso, 15, of North Kingstown, whose “Hurricane Joaquin” featured the Point Judith Lighthouse as storm clouds closed in around it.

Isabella Montini, 12, of North Kingstown, won her age category – students in kindergarten through sixth grade – with a shot of raindrops dancing atop still water called “Ripple Effect.” In second place was Christina LoPresti, 12, of North Kingstown. Her photo, “Oak Outside My Window” featured the bare branches of a giant oak tree in stark contrast to the gray sky behind them. This year’s youngest winner was Colton Kim, a seven-year-old second grader, who placed third with “Lobster Webs.” ”


Judging for the contest is done “blindly,” with judges seeing only the photographs but neither their titles nor 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 74 scholarships worth nearly $76,000 to NKHS graduates since its founding in 2001.  The photo contest is the primary fundraising event for the scholarships and entry fees go directly toward these scholarships. Private contributions and auto donations are also gratefully accepted. For more information, please contact us.

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

Adult Division

1st Place – “Moffett Mill Side View”  Susan Waterman, West Warwick

2nd Plane – “The Blizzard Begins”  Dorothy Leland, Richmond, CA

3rd Place – “Follow Me, Boys”  Elliot Waterman, West Warwick

Student I Division (Grades K - 6)

1st Place – “Ripple Effect”  Isabella Montini, 12, Grade 6, North Kingstown

2nd Place – "Oak Outside My Window” Christina LoPresti, 12, Grade 6, NK

3rd Place – “Lobster Webs”  Colton Kim, 7, Grade 2, North Kingstown

Student II Division (Grades 7 - 12)

1st Place – “Surfer Dude Haley Ahlborg, Grade 12, North Kingstownl

2nd Place – “Curious Cat”  Samantha Daft, 16, Jamestown

3rd Place – “Hurricane Joaquin”  Alex DiCenso, 15, Grade 9, North Kingstown

"Nautical" Themed Category

1st Place – “Silent Morning”  Kathleen Morin, North Kingstown

2nd Place – “Calm Waters”  Dorothy Leland, Richmond, CA

3rd Place – “Landlocked”  Jan Swartz, North Kingstown

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