Astoria Federal Savings Announces 2009 Teen Photo Contest Winners

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Astoria Federal Savings has announced the 12 winners of its annual Teen Photo Contest. In this year's contest, 13 to 19 year olds were encouraged to use their cameras and their creative approaches to capture the theme, "Faces and Feelings." A record-breaking number of entries -- nearly 1,500 -- were submitted by students of more than 50 high schools in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn and Westchester.

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Now in its fifth year, the annual Teen Photo Contest is one of the many ways Astoria Federal is committed to its philosophy of "Putting people first." Astoria Federal Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing Brian Edwards said, "We're committed to supporting education at every age level, and as a local bank, we understand the importance of being actively involved within the many communities we serve. That's what we believe being a local banking leader is all about!"

The winning photos were chosen based on their composition, clarity, and originality in depicting the theme. The winning photographers each won a $250 cash prize, while their schools benefited as well with a $100 grant for their art teachers' classroom use. "It's so refreshing to see hundreds of young adults participate in this contest annually and express themselves in a positive, creative way," Edwards added.

Winners were: Katherine Silva and Sarah Allam from Bishop Kearney High School in Brooklyn, Grace Lachona from Eastchester High School, Lindsay D'Agrosa from Elwood-John Glenn High School, Alyona Rossolova from Forest Hills High School, Jacquline Fini from Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills, Rebecca Lader from Huntington High School, Taylor Johnson from Massapequa High School, Stefani Baron from Plainview Old-Bethpage JFK High School, Sara Bishop from Valley Stream South High School, and Andrew Visconti and Samantha Mathew from Ward Melville High School in East Setauket.

Astoria Financial Corporation, with assets of $21.4 billion, is the holding company for Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association. Established in 1888, Astoria Federal, with deposits in New York totaling $13.6 billion, is the largest thrift depository headquartered in New York and embraces its philosophy of "Putting people first" by providing the customers and local communities it serves with quality financial products and services through 85 convenient banking office locations and multiple delivery channels, including its enhanced website, www.astoriafederal.com. Astoria Federal commands the fourth largest deposit market share in the attractive Long Island market, which includes Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties with a population exceeding that of 38 individual states. Astoria Federal originates mortgage loans through its banking and loan production offices in New York, an extensive broker network covering eighteen states, primarily along the East Coast, and the District of Columbia, and through correspondent relationships covering nineteen states and the District of Columbia.

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