2 Students in Port Washington Are Essay Contest Winners

The 6th graders were selected in Sen. Martins’s writing contest.

Two Port Washington students were among the winners in the Senator Jack Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest. 

For the second straight year, sixth grade students throughout the Seventh Senate District submitted an essay describing why they are thankful.

The Port Washington winners, Becky Han of Weber Middle School and Sarah Pavan of Vincent Smith School recognized at a reception at the Hillside Library. Click on the pdf files to read their winning essays.

The eight winning essays all eloquently described what the students are most thankful for. Students mentioned their family and friends, lives and basic necessities that are sometimes taken from granted.

“Once again this year, the students did an exceptional job of putting into perspective what is most important," Martins said, in a press release. "These essays represent all that we hold dear and serve as a tribute to the students themselves, their parents and teachers."

“I congratulate and commend not only all the winners but also every student who participated," he said, adding, "Thank you.”

Other winners include:

  • Alex Ivolella – Stewart Manor School
  • Bart Harvey – Dutch Broadway School
  • Becky Hahn – Webber Middle School
  • Charles Sandoval – Mineola Middle School
  • Melissa Lau – Herricks Middle School
  • Nicole Joseph – New Hyde Park Road School
  • Sheyla Ochoa – Gotham Avenue School

Each of the winners was presented with a certificate of achievement from Senator Martins. All of the submitted essays will be bound in a book and given to each school that participated as they were last year, which was when the contest began. The winning essays can also be found on Martins’ website.


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