Students bring dinosaurs to life in art

MILFORD ?- An eighth-grader at East Shore Middle School and a first-grader at Highland School in Cheshire will be honored in a statewide art contest sponsored by a booster organization for Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum in Rocky Hill.

Nathanael Czajkowski of Milford has been awarded second place in the sixth- to eighth-grade category of the Dinosaur Art Contest. The contest, now in its 13th year, is sponsored by The Friends of Dinosaur Park and Arboretum.


Czajkowski was one of 20 winners from five age groups and 980 drawings submitted. The other New Haven County winner was Charles Biddiscombe of Cheshire, who took third place in the kindergarten to first-grade category.


Czajkowski and Biddiscombe will be honored during a Jan. 31 ceremony at Dinosaur State Park.


Czajkowski has won an award in the Dinosaur Art Contest at least once before, East Shore Principal Patricia Barrett said Wednesday. Both of Czajkowski's parents are art teachers, Barrett said.


Charles Biddiscombe is a first-grader at Highland School in Cheshire. His mother, Janet, said this is the first time her son's artwork has been honored in a contest.


"He's had his work on display in kindergarten before, but never anything like this," Janet Biddiscombe said.


"He's very excited because he's very interested in dinosaurs and we've been to that park quite a bit."


The Czajkowskis could not be reached for comment.


"We want students to become more aware about the correct information about dinosaurs," Meg Enkler, an education coordinator with Dinosaur State Park, said.


To that end, one of the rules of the contest is that the students' drawings of dinosaurs must be depicted in an accurate environment, she said.


"That means no (pictures) that show dinosaurs with humans or in spaceships," Enkler said.