Enlightenment and Peace through Education

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Winners 2009 - Pathways to Peace Program

back, from left to right: Arvind Vora (v), Mica Gerald, Katherine Kaiser, Yogini Shah(v), Luis Cepeda, Ashok Vora (v), Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, Anil Shah(v), Panna Shah(v), Catherine Poulos-Guldi(v), Pratima Vora(v), Sharon Oliver Murthy(v), Jamie John.

front: Angelo Biando, Emilia da Silveira, Jeremy Bixson

 (v) Volunteer of Shanti Fund

Peace Theme Presentation Winners 


First Prize, Kings Park School – Peace through Economy and Business

                Jono Eng

                Kaitlin Gallagher

                Eleftherios Mastronikolas

                Katherine Mayer

                Eric Parigoris

                Elizabeth Schneider


Second Prize, Port Jefferson Schools – Peace through Environment

                Anisha Kolopati

                Maya Mason

                Nancy Valev

                Ashley Ruggiero

                Michael Tessler


Third Prize, (2 – way tie) 

      Hauppauge School – Peace through Music

                Rob McAllister

                Angelo Biando

                Jeremy Bixson

                Samantha Hark


      Patchogue-Medford School – Peace through Diversity

                Ava Gates

                CJ Funaro

                Paige Graskemper

                Joseph Loria



Art Poster Contest Winners


Elementary School

Emilia da Silveira - 5th grade 10 years old, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School – Bayport/Blue Point School District


Middle School

Luis Cepeda  - 8th grade, 14 years old, Dodd Middle School in Freeport School District


High School (2 way tie)

Katherine Kaiser - 12th grade, 17 years old, Port Jefferson School District

Mica Gerald - 10th grade, 15 years old, Freeport School District


Each Team and each artist received an award and a gift certificate worth $140.00 (symbolizing Gandhiji’s age if he were alive) from the Volunteers of Shanti Fund.