Astoria Federal Savings Announces Its 2008 Teen Photo Contest Winners

Jul 07, 2008, 01:00 ET from Astoria Federal Savings

    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Astoria Federal Savings has
 announced the 12 winners of its annual Teen Photo Contest. This year, the
 contest theme was "People in Action" and Astoria Federal asked contestants
 between the ages of 13 and 19 years old to use their cameras and their
 creative eyes to capture people of all ages doing interesting physical or
 creative activities. Participants were encouraged to think about the many
 ways people are in action such as when dancing, painting, playing sports or
 while at work.
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     The annual Teen Photo Contest is one of the many ways Astoria Federal
 is committed to "Putting people first" in the communities it serves. Senior
 Vice President and Director of Marketing Brian Edwards said, "We're always
 finding ways to stay involved in the many communities we serve and we're
 committed to supporting education at every age level. This contest is a
 great way for young adults in our neighborhoods to express themselves in a
 creative way."
     Astoria Federal selected the twelve best photos, and those
 photographers each won a $250 cash prize. Not only did each winner receive
 a prize, but their school also benefited from their win. Each
 photographer's teacher won a $100 grant for his or her classroom use.
 Winning photos were selected based on their composition, clarity, and
 originality in depicting the "People in Action" theme.
     Winners were: Anton Alenychev from Forest Hills High School in Forest
 Hills; Tara Byrne from Eastchester High School in Scarsdale; Monica
 Chulewicz from MacArthur High School in Levittown; Nicole DeMeo from
 Elwood-John Glenn High School in Elwood; Li Gao from Earl Vandermeulen High
 School in Port Jefferson; Eric Kunz from Hicksville High School in
 Hicksville; Erin McCabe from Glen Cove High School in Glen Cove; Stephanie
 Ossorio from Bishop Kearney High School in Brooklyn; Tia Sergio from
 Smithtown Christian School in Smithtown; Christine Tabag from Division
 Avenue High School in Levittown; and Samantha Smith and Kristen Waslufsky
 from Bay Shore High School in Bay Shore.
     Astoria Financial Corporation, with assets of $21.5 billion, is the
 holding company for Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association.
 Established in 1888, Astoria Federal, with deposits in New York totaling
 $13.0 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 86 convenient banking office locations and multiple
 delivery channels, including its enhanced website,
 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 offices and
 loan production offices in New York, an extensive broker network covering
 twenty-two states, primarily the East Coast, and the District of Columbia,
 and through correspondent relationships covering twenty-nine states and the
 District of Columbia.

SOURCE Astoria Federal Savings