CROWN POINT | Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Garling welcomed Lake County Council members Eldon Strong and Dan Dernulc, both Republicans, to the annual Legislative/Elected Officials Picnic hosted Oct. 2 by the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District.
More than 50 guests enjoyed a grilled pork shop dinner and heard a report from district associate supervisor Edgar Corns on budget cuts that led the district to relocate its office and cut its budget.
Corns praised Strong and Dernulc for securing some local funding for the district, and Strong gave a report on the new Lake County income tax which took effect Oct. 1. He pledged to continue fighting to fund the district, calling its conservation efforts "important" to the area.
District officials recognized local poster, photo and T-shirt contest winners Aiyana Trevino, of Dyer; Theodore Covello, of Munster; Andrea Kutemeier, of Crown Point, Ian Frantal, of Munster; and Suezanna Haywood, of Lowell; several of whom won state and national honors.
A total of 1,032 fourth- and fifth-graders participated in this year’s annual poster contest, “Where Does Your Water Shed?”
Schools represented by the 622 entries include Lake Prairie, Protsman, Bibich, Solon Robinson, Columbia, Frank Hammond elementary schools, Clark Middle School and Forest Ridge Academy.
Fourth grade: Lowell – Lake Prairie: 1st, Carter Stagg; 2nd, Aiden Sneed; 3rd, Amanda Snow; Dyer – Protsman: 1st, Aiyana Trevino ; 2nd, Aneesh Pudathor; 3rd, Taylor Morris; Crown Point – Solon Robinson: 1st, Jenna Milosh; 2nd, Marley Peay; 3rd, Molly Kracht; Dyer – Bibich: 1st, Emilee Kain; 2nd, Mikayla Creasbaum; 3rd, Kayla Freel; Schererville – Forest Ridge: 1st, Khushi Sahi; 2nd, Riley Stracci; 3rd, Chance Trucksa; Hammond – Columbia: 1st, Jazmin Mendieta; 2nd, Jillian Richardson; 3rd, Karina Padilla; Munster – Frank Hammond: 1st, Patrick Bukowski; 2nd, Julian Patino; 3rd, Rayhan Zaman.
Fifth grade: Lake Prairie - 1st, Aaron DuBord; 2nd, Alexis Ratkay; 3rd, Asher Flanders; Solon Robinson - 1st, Brooklyn Frassinone; 2nd, Savana Asche; 3rd, Alexandra Sulewski; Columbia - 1st, Sevastian Gonzulez; 2nd, Dymond Quinones; 3rd, Jessica Almendurez; Clark MS - 1st, Angel Harper; 2nd, Joshua Chen; 3rd, Alexa Cabria.
Aiyanna Trevino’s poster from Protsman Elementary School was selected as the Grand Award winner for Lake County, and also captured top state honors.