Award-winning Posters, Essays Send Positive Messages

Award

During the Feb. 13 Board of Education meeting, students were recognized for their winning entries in the annual Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Art Poster Contest and essay contest on religious freedom and diversity.

In front of family and friends, former Grand Knight Bob Waidler and members of the Our Lady of the Assumption Council of the Knights of Columbus awarded each student a certificate of participation and a gift certificate provided by the Knights. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon, Board of Education members, Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Pierre-Louis and Copiague Middle School social studies teachers Kristin Alfarano and Andrea Hernandez were on hand to congratulate the winners.

The art poster winners were: Deauville Gardens East’s Tiana Newman (alcohol 8-11 group); Copiague Middle School’s Kenneth Tejada (alcohol 12-14 group); Copiague Middle School’s Denise Garcia (drugs 8-11 group); Copiague Middle School’s Cathrine Sakin (drugs 12-14 group); and Great Neck Road’s runner-up Kelvin Reyes-Verde.

The essay contest winners were Copiague Middle School seventh-graders Ileana Fernandez (first place), Richard Queensborough (second place) and Alex Iglesias (third place).