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New York, NY (March 5, 2007) – The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation today announced the 12 finalists of the first-time ever “Statue of Liberty Picture Contest” for children in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Three winning entries were selected from the finalists according to age group: ages 5 – 7, ages 8 – 9, and ages 10 – 12.

The three students who created the winning entries are:

  • Beatrix, age 7, daughter of Kandi Hendrata, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Malecia, age 9, daughter of Melissa Luckie, Andalusia, Alabama
  • Nazariy, age 11, son of Aleksandor Kirik, Westfield, Massachusetts
The other nine finalists are:
  • Scott, age 5, son of Tom Anglim, San Diego, California
  • Sophia, age 6, daughter of Whitney Ho, Edison, New Jersey
  • Lawrence, age 7, son of Meggy Kwong, Brooklyn, New York
  • Maggie, age 8, daughter of Julie Schaefer, Poland, Ohio
  • Lilian, age 8, daughter of Shannon Pultz, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jonathan, age 9, son of Donghui Zhang, Piscataway, New Jersey
  • Catherine, age 10, daughter of Patricia Militello, Staten Island, New York
  • Alyssa, age 10, daughter of Vicki Morelock and Mark Williams, Fall Branch, Tennessee
  • Jacob, age 11, son of Kristina Stevens, Fenton, Michigan
The winning pictures and finalists are currently featured on the Foundation’s website at A display of the students’ pictures is being planned for the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. All twelve finalists will receive a Statue of Liberty Fun Pack. The three winners will also receive a special Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island family history journal, a genealogy book for children, and a Big Apple, New York holiday ornament.

There were 1,215 qualified entries submitted by children in 39 states and from around the world. The pictures were judged according to originality, artistic skill, entrant’s age, and interpretation of Lady Liberty. Judges were Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., and Cynthia Garrett, Superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Held in celebration of Lady Liberty’s 120th Anniversary on October 28, 2006, the Statue of Liberty Picture Contest was open to all elementary school children K-5, as well as homeschooled children, and ran from October 12, 2006 through January 31, 2007.

To view the winning entries and finalists of the Statue of Liberty Picture Contest and learn more about Lady Liberty, visit High resolution versions of the pictures are available on the website.

About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® and the American Family Immigration History Center®. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.

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