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Good News about Lucas Castellino and the Morro Bay National Estuary Program’s poetry contest winners

Morro Bay National Estuary Program poetry contest winners and runners-up gather for a celebratory reading at Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay. From left are Richard Immel, Ted Schade, Fiona Reams, Luke Mellom, Dylan King, Dawn Wood and Vienna Laughlin. Lani Steele is not pictured.
Morro Bay National Estuary Program poetry contest winners and runners-up gather for a celebratory reading at Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay. From left are Richard Immel, Ted Schade, Fiona Reams, Luke Mellom, Dylan King, Dawn Wood and Vienna Laughlin. Lani Steele is not pictured.

Arroyo Grande

Lucas Castellino of Arroyo Grande was recently honored with two certificates and a medal from the local Military Order of the World Wars Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg Chapter.

Lucas earned an Eagle Scout certificate and he also received the MOWW bronze Patrick Henry Award for patriotic endeavors.

For his Eagle Scout project, Lucas designed and built a permanent metal flag drop box as a depository for used American flags to be retired.

The box is located at the American Legion Hall in Arroyo Grande.

Morro Bay

The Morro Bay National Estuary Program third annual poetry contest — “A National Treasure in Words,” which received nearly 100 entries — recently announced winners of adult and youth Haiku and Estuary & Watershed Animals categories.

Dawn Wood won the Adult Estuary & Watershed Animals category with her poem, “Love in an Estuary.” The winner in the Adult Haiku category is Richard Immel.

The winner in the Youth Estuary & Watershed Wildlife category is Los Osos Middle School seventh-grader Fiona Reams with her poem, “Estuary Bliss.”

The winner in the Youth Haiku category Dylan King is also a seventh-grade student at Los Osos Middle School.

The panel of judges were poets Jerry Douglas Smith and Patti Sullivan; San Luis Obispo County Poet Laureate Marguerite Costigan; and Estuary Program representative Rachel Pass.

To read the winning poems and learn more about the poets, visit www.mbnep.org/poetry2016.

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