(UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. Monday) Here are the winners for the Sand Sculpture Contest at Grand Haven City Beach on Saturday, June 23.
(Tribune photos by Justine McGuire)
Child's Category of 1 participant under 12 years old
1st Place: Team 42, and artist Akexandra Stoika, with a sculpture of Sea Turtles.
Children's Category with 2-7 participants under 12 years old
1st Place: Electric Doughnuts, consisted of team members, Sonia Kwiatkowski, Charlotte Best, Chloe Collings, and Emily Fredette with their sculpture of turtles.
2nd Place: Beach Monkeys, Deanna Brunsting, Nadia Speulstra, Nico Speulstra, Simon Speulstra, and Payton Speulstra with their sculpture of Castles and Pyramids.
3rd Place: Lil' Sand Carvers, team members: Cadence Nowakowski, Declan Nowakowski, Tony DiMeglio, Alexander Anyse, Cassie DiMeglio, and William Anyse with their sculpture of Legos.
Individual's Category of 1 participant 12 years or older
1st Place: Conny Melchi with her sculpture of playful puppies.
2nd Place: SanManDan, artist Daniel Uzarski, and his sculpture "The Breakaway."
3rd Place: Castle, Andrew Hylen and his sculpture of a castle.
Castle Category is devoted solely to the creation of sand castles: Teams could be made up of any age and any number of members specializing in castles.
1st Place: Beach Sandsations, team members: Paul and Ingrid Speulstra and Brian, Julie and Adam Brunsting.
2nd Place: Sand for Brains, team members: Ethan Nass, Mitch McGinnis, and Riley O'Conner.
Family's Category of 2-7 participants of all ages
1st Place: Freedom Flyers, team members: Terri, Joe, and Josiah Mazzola with Justin and Mikayla Schansema with their sculpture of Madagascar.
2nd Place: Sand Carvers, team members: Kevin, Tom, Emily and Claire DiMeglio, Michelle Kapa, and Joe and Deanna Nowakowski with their sculpture of Pac Man.
3rd Place: Team Sandy, team members: Becky, Nik, Lily and Ezra Degraaf and their sculpture of Afro Circus.
Crew's Category of 8-15 participants of all ages
1st Place: Dudes & Dudettes, team members: Tom, Gwen and Jack Lang, Ted and Cary, with their sculpture of "I © Grand Haven."
2nd Place: The Dunebuggy's, team members: Nikki, Tim, Nate, Grace Nass, Steve Essex, Kelly, Sophia, Bella, and Mia Schincarid, Jake, Larissa, and Stacy with their sculpture of "Summer Camp 2012."
3rd Place: Sandy Sailors, team members: Maggie LaLonde, Sidney Lalonde, Molly McGinnis, Kate Armstrong, Sarah Herndl, Loren Johnson, Cassie Durrant, Elise Nadeau, Alexis Nadeua, Chloe LaLonde, Jackson Durrant, and Veronica Booth with their sculpture of a row boat and mermaids.
Honorable Mention was awarded to Sand Dawgs with their sculpture of Mermaids.
The People's Choice Award went to The Dunebuggy's with their sculpture, "Summer Camp 2012."
The 2012 judges:
Barb Skeels, Chemical Bank
Marcie Lynch, Pfaff Pharmacy
Don Rogers, Grand Haven Tribune
Joy Gaasch, Chamber President
Dana Kollewehr, Grand Haven Main Street DDA
Jesse Bruce, WGHN