The Waukesha Optimists' Club held the 23rd annual Pumpkin Carving Contest Saturday at Piala’s Nursery. Fifteen teams competed to receive funding for their school’s art department. Twelve teams were comprised of fifth-grade students from area elementary schools and three were comprised of seventh-grade students from area middle schools.
Elementary School Winners
- 1st place: Winning $120 for their art department were Ben Hamilton and Henry Kukla from Bethesda Elementary School.
- 2nd place: Winning $110 for their art department were Liza Merz and Amber Torzala from Hawthorne Elementary School.
- 3rd place: Winning $100 for their art department were Itzel Becerra-Montes and Yarialis Cintron from Prarie Elementary School.
- 4th place: Winning $80 for their art department were Ciara Chmielewski and Sean Stewart from Hadfield Elementary School.
- 5th place: Winning $60 for their art department were Maggie Hanson and Calista Romano from Summit View Elementary School.
Middle School Winners
- 1st place: Winning $120 for their art department were Rebecca Liesen and Alexis Reyes from Central Middle School.
- 2nd place: Winning $110 for their art department were Grace Dargiewicz and Jaeda Walsh from STEM academy Saratoga Campus.