Astoria Federal Savings Announces Winners of 2013 Teen Photo Contest

     Astoria Federal Savings Announces Winners of 2013 Teen Photo Contest

PR Newswire

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 19, 2013

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Astoria Federal Savings,
Long Island's fourth largest bank by deposit market share and the second
largest community bank headquartered in New York, today announced the winners
of its ninth annual Teen Photo Contest. As part of the bank's community
outreach each year, Astoria encourages students, ages 13 – 19, to express
their creativity by taking pictures of the world around them. This year's
theme was Culture and Traditions, asking students to capture distinctive and
unique photographs of what visually represents the people in their lives and
the customs that help make them who they are. Students from 54 schools in
Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester submitted close to 600
photos to be considered for this year's contest.


"The Teen Photo Contest is a program that we look forward to every year, and
we were thoroughly impressed by the communities' participation and the quality
of the work that was submitted," said Brian Edwards, Astoria Federal Savings
executive vice president and managing director of the Retail Banking Group.
"We are committed to supporting various education programs that empower the
young people in the communities we serve."

This year's winners were:

  oMueed Mohsin and Fiona Cece of Forest Hills High School
  oMorgan Katsch of Somers High School
  oRoseanne Caliendo of Lynbrook High School
  oAriana Mohan of The Wheatley School in Williston Park
  oSteven Cole of Wellington C. Mepham High School in North Bellmore
  oSelena Calixto of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Bay Parkway,
  oLeah Vallario of Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills
  oGina Abbatiello of Northport High School
  oBrian Kim and Bobby Lee of Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High
  oFangrui Tong of Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School in East Setauket
  oKaitlin Sicari of Shoreham Wading River High School

The winning submissions were selected based on their composition, clarity and
originality in expressing the contest's theme. The thirteen winning
photographers were recognized at an award ceremony, which was held on June 12
at the Astoria Federal Savings headquarters in Lake Success. Each winner
received a $250 cash prize, while their schools received a $100 grant to be
used toward their art departments.

The annual contest is one of the many initiatives of Astoria's Education First
program to promote lifelong learning including Astoria's Teach Children to
Save essay contest and school outreach, which encourage children to save
money. Education First also incorporates a series of charitable efforts such
as Kids Tools for School, which helps to prepare students on the first day of
school by providing them with new school supplies.

For more about Astoria's community involvement, please visit the website,

About Astoria Federal Savings
Astoria Financial Corporation (NYSE: AF), with assets of $16.2 billion, is the
holding company for Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association. Established
in 1888, Astoria Federal, with deposits in New York totaling $10.4 billion, is
the largest thrift depository 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 85 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
residential mortgage loans through its banking and loan production offices in
New York, a broker network in four states, primarily along the East Coast, and
through correspondent relationships covering nine states and the District of
Columbia. Astoria Federal also originates multi-family and commercial real
estate loans, primarily on rent controlled and rent stabilized apartment
buildings, located in New York City and the metropolitan area.

SOURCE Astoria Federal Savings

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