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The Buffalo News held its 19th annual Editorial Cartoon Contest for area students in grades five through 12. Nearly 800 entries were received, including dozens from a school in Hawaii. The winners were selected by News Editorial Cartoonist Adam Zyglis.

“This year’s contest was a big success,” Zyglis said. “The most popular topics seemed to be North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, gun control and the prevalence of texting and social media. Perennial issues such as the Peace Bridge and our woebegone sports teams maintained their usual presence among the entries.

“On a positive note for Buffalo, this marked the first year with no waterfront-themed cartoons,” he added. “I was particularly impressed by many students’ ability to critically analyze dry complicated issues like the IDA reform and Social Security. They really did their homework.”

A reception to honor the winners will be held tonight at the Central Library, where the winning cartoons will remain on display.

On the Web: To view all the winning cartoons, visit www.galleries.buffalonews.com

Division 1, Grade 5:

First Place

Tayte Connolly- Cumberland,

Mill Middle School

Second Place: Julia Beck, Nardin Academy

Third Place: Angela Mangione, Mill Middle School

Honorable Mention: Scott Buchnowski, Mill Middle School

Division II, Grades 6-8

First Place

Shane Hausauer,

H.O. Brumsted Elementary School (Holland)

Second Place: Miranda Roberson, Mill Middle School

Third Place: Nick Filipowicz, Ambrose Catholic Academy

Honorable Mention: Julianna Passarelli, Veronica E. Connor Middle School (Grand Island)

Division III, Grades 9-12

First Place

Basia Sokolowski,

Holland High School

Second Place: Danny Colucci, Amherst High School

Third Place: Matt Bartone, Frontier High School

Honorable Mention: Jack Nelson, Amherst High School

Local Division

First Place

Arriana Murphy,

Amherst High School

Second Place: Jarrett Willett, Amherst High School

Third Place: Makenna Weaver, Mill Middle School

Honorable Mention: Grace Dietrich, Nardin Academy