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24 - CAPE GAZETrE - Tuesday, October 17 - Thursday, October 19, 2006 SCHOOL & EDUCATION Students get up close, personal with Breakwater Light By Ron MacArthur Cape Gazette staff The winners of the Coast Day Lighthouse Essay Contest got up close and personal with the topic they had written about. The win- ners were hosts of the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation on a tour of the his- toric Breakwater Light in Lewes Harbor. Four of the six winners made the trip to the lighthouse early on Sunday, Oct. 1, accompanied by parents, teachers, and members of the foundation. The topic for this year's essay contest involved the life of a lighthouse keeper, and one of the prizes was a trip to the Breakwater Light. The students were the first to visit the historic landmark. The group was ferried to the lighthouse on the Big Stone Pride of the Delaware Launch Service. The winners were: Shraddha Damaraju, first place, North Star Elementary, Hockessin; Natalie Save, second place, Laurel Intermediate School; Sanjana Paul, third place, home school; and Vladislav Stafanovich, Shields Elementary School, Lewes; Christian P. Conaty, St. Ann School, Wilmington; Shannon O'Neill, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Ocean View, all honorable mention. Winners were alsohonored dur- ing a ceremony later in the day during Coast Day at the University of Delaware College of Marine and Earth Studies. "The lighthouse was really, really cool," said Stefanovich, the local winner, as he got off the pilot boat. "I have never been on a lighthouse before, and it was not what I had expected. I thought it would be wooden." He was the first student from Shields Elementary to win a prize in the Coast Day contest. "A lighthouse on the breakwater dates back to 1885 and the current rust-brown lighthouse helped to replace the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse when it collapsed into the ocean in 1926. The 51-foot brick and cast iron structure was actually the second navigational aid placed on the breakwater - the first being a wooden structure. Keepers tended the light until the 1950s when it was automated, even though personnel were need- ed to man the foghorn at the light- house for several more years. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1996 and taken over by the state. The Delaware River and Bay Authority now owns it in a lease arrangement with the state. The current restoration project is a joint venture between DRBA and the Delaware River and Bay Authority Lighthouse Foundation. Ron MacArthur photos At right, four of the six Coast Day Essay Contest winners get ready to go inside the Breakwater Light in Lewes Harbor. Part of the prize for winning the contest was a tour of the lighthouse. The fifth graders are (from the top, l-r): Shraddha Damaraju, first place, North Star Elementary School, Hockessin; Shannon O'Nell, honorable mention, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Ocean View; Natalie Save, sec- ond place, Laurel Intermediate School; and Vladislav Stefanovich, honorable mention, Shields Elementary School, Lewes. Below, the Breakwater Light is under restoration by the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation. Above, Sanjana Paul, a home-schooled student from Wilmington, took third place in the Coast Day Essay Contest. 24 - CAPE GAZETrE - Tuesday, October 17 - Thursday, October 19, 2006 SCHOOL & EDUCATION Students get up close, personal with Breakwater Light By Ron MacArthur Cape Gazette staff The winners of the Coast Day Lighthouse Essay Contest got up close and personal with the topic they had written about. The win- ners were hosts of the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation on a tour of the his- toric Breakwater Light in Lewes Harbor. Four of the six winners made the trip to the lighthouse early on Sunday, Oct. 1, accompanied by parents, teachers, and members of the foundation. The topic for this year's essay contest involved the life of a lighthouse keeper, and one of the prizes was a trip to the Breakwater Light. The students were the first to visit the historic landmark. The group was ferried to the lighthouse on the Big Stone Pride of the Delaware Launch Service. The winners were: Shraddha Damaraju, first place, North Star Elementary, Hockessin; Natalie Save, second place, Laurel Intermediate School; Sanjana Paul, third place, home school; and Vladislav Stafanovich, Shields Elementary School, Lewes; Christian P. Conaty, St. Ann School, Wilmington; Shannon O'Neill, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Ocean View, all honorable mention. Winners were alsohonored dur- ing a ceremony later in the day during Coast Day at the University of Delaware College of Marine and Earth Studies. "The lighthouse was really, really cool," said Stefanovich, the local winner, as he got off the pilot boat. "I have never been on a lighthouse before, and it was not what I had expected. I thought it would be wooden." He was the first student from Shields Elementary to win a prize in the Coast Day contest. "A lighthouse on the breakwater dates back to 1885 and the current rust-brown lighthouse helped to replace the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse when it collapsed into the ocean in 1926. The 51-foot brick and cast iron structure was actually the second navigational aid placed on the breakwater - the first being a wooden structure. Keepers tended the light until the 1950s when it was automated, even though personnel were need- ed to man the foghorn at the light- house for several more years. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1996 and taken over by the state. The Delaware River and Bay Authority now owns it in a lease arrangement with the state. The current restoration project is a joint venture between DRBA and the Delaware River and Bay Authority Lighthouse Foundation. Ron MacArthur photos At right, four of the six Coast Day Essay Contest winners get ready to go inside the Breakwater Light in Lewes Harbor. Part of the prize for winning the contest was a tour of the lighthouse. The fifth graders are (from the top, l-r): Shraddha Damaraju, first place, North Star Elementary School, Hockessin; Shannon O'Nell, honorable mention, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Ocean View; Natalie Save, sec- ond place, Laurel Intermediate School; and Vladislav Stefanovich, honorable mention, Shields Elementary School, Lewes. Below, the Breakwater Light is under restoration by the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation. Above, Sanjana Paul, a home-schooled student from Wilmington, took third place in the Coast Day Essay Contest.