Depew Middle School crowned the winners of its 42nd annual Freedom in America Essay and Poster Contest on Friday.
The tradition showcases 10 seventh- and eighth-graders expressing their creativity within the theme “Freedom in America.” For the first time in the contest’s history, all of the finalists were girls.
In the poster contest, first place was awarded to Kelsey Sikora, who received a $100 prize and a plaque. Second place, with a prize of $75, went to Samantha Maroshick; and the three runners-up were Eliana Addesa, Sjelyann Bryan and Katelyn Szefler, who received $50 each.
In the essay contest, first place was awarded to Samantha Maroshick, who received a $150 prize and a plaque. The second-place winner, who received $100, was Elizabeth Maroshick; and the three runners-up were Siera Sadowski, An Tran and Cassie Puglisi, who received $75 each.
The program is run by seventh-grade social studies teacher Sal Carlino and art teacher Joe Pagano.
Also this week:
• The Village Board is holding its annual reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 85 Manitou St.
• A meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers.