Winners of Greater Wildwood Elks Lodge #1896 Holiday Decorating Contest Announced

The Wildwoods, NJ – December 20, 2019 – The Greater Wildwood Fraternal Elks Lodge No. 1896 recently sponsored its annual holiday window decorating contest for students and art teachers from four schools located in the Wildwoods: Wildwood Elementary School, Margaret Mace Elementary, Cape Trinity Catholic, and Crest Memorial School.

Art teachers from each school selected two of their top art students from grades six through eight to compete. Six-by-eight-foot windows at the Wildwoods Convention Center facing the Boardwalk between Montgomery Avenue and Burk Avenue were the canvases on which the students painted original holiday-themed artwork over a two-day period. Judges from the Wildwoods Convention Center and the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) rated the artwork based on creativity, theme and artistic talent.

A total of $475 in prize money was awarded by the Greater Wildwood Fraternal Elks. The top four winners each receive cash awards; and a donation of $100 was given by the Elks to each participating school’s art program to encourage the continuation of arts in the schools.

The Holiday Window Decorating contest winners were:

First Place – $150 to Lisa Cheriti, Wildwood Crest Elementary for her design of snowmen on the beach and wish of “Peace on the Beach and Goodwill to Wildwood”.

Second Place – $100 to Rebeka Leyva, Wildwood Elementary for her design of surfing Santa.

Third Place – $75 to Lilly Taylor, Wildwood Elementary for her design of the Grinch.

Fourth Place – $50 to Ellen Mkrtchyan, Wildwood Crest Elementary for her design of Olaf and Sven.

“We’re thrilled to offer this event once again as part of our ongoing youth activities program and efforts to encourage arts in the schools and fun friendly competition,” said George Greenland, Greater Wildwood Fraternal Elks Lodge 1896 youth activities director. “We love to give back to our community and what better way than by encouraging our local children to express and showcase their artistic talents and by donating money to help improve their arts education.”

For more information about the Greater Wildwood Fraternal Elks Lodge 1896, call 609-729-2170.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.


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