On June 11, 2007 the John Ericsson Society presented its CREATIVITY CONTEST awards to the students of JHS 126 - the John Ericsson School. It has been a tradition of the Society to sponsor its Creativity Contest at JHS 126 for the past years. There were 8 winning students. Three Award Winners and One Honorable Mention in both an Artwork Category and a Writing Category. The six Award Winners received a $50.00 check and a rosette. The two Honorable Mention Winners received a rosette.
Ann Kandratino, a teacher of JHS 126, introduced the John Ericsson Society members to the students, thanked the Society for sponsoring the Creativity Contest and presented a history of the USS Monitor. George Weinmann spoke on behalf of the John Ericsson Society and said that he was a graduate of JHS 126. George showed his t-shirt from his schooldays at JHS 126. Mr. Weinmann is a member of the John Ericsson Society and a Vice President of The Greenpoint Monitor Museum. Brian Anderson, Commissioner of Records of the City of New York, spoke about the importance of immigrants to this country like John Ericsson who was a Swedish immigrant. Irene Klementowicz, a society member and a Vice President of The Greenpoint Monitor Museum, noted that her family were Polish immigrants and extended greetings from The Greenpoint Monitor Museum. After greetings from the speakers Janice Lauletta-Weinmann, Vice President of the John Ericsson Society and President of The Greenpoint Monitor Museum, announced the names of the winners inviting the students to the stage. Mary Nordlund, a society member, also participated in the presentation of awards.
Thank you to JHS 126 - John Ericsson School teachers Ann Kandratino, Amy Fournier and Pat Jones for assisting the John Ericsson Society with the Creativity Contest.
Janice & George