2016-05-25 / Features

Simotas Honors Students For Outstanding Essays


Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (c.) honored four 8th grade students at Astoria’s I.S. 141 who excelled in her annual Black History essay contest. (L. to r.); Katerina Balassis, Christie Correa, Simotas, Karla Rodriguez and Eleni Konstantelos. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (c.) honored four 8th grade students at Astoria’s I.S. 141 who excelled in her annual Black History essay contest. (L. to r.); Katerina Balassis, Christie Correa, Simotas, Karla Rodriguez and Eleni Konstantelos. On Friday, May 20, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas honored four 8th grade students at Astoria’s I.S. 141 who excelled in her annual Black History essay contest. Simotas spoke to the winners and their Advanced English class about the importance of including the contributions of blacks in the study of our nation’s history. She gave NYS Assembly Certificates of Merit to the four students and before school lets out for summer, and will be giving dozens more to others in the 8th grade who participated in the contest.

“The student essays explored struggles and triumphs in profiling important black figures,” said Simotas. “It is necessary for us to lead our students into the future educated by the past.”

Simotas applauded the students for their talent and the educational content of their essays, which focused on important figures, including poet Maya Angelou, baseball player Jackie Robinson, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., among others. Simotas gave Certificates of Merit to the following students: Katarina Balassis, Christie Correa, Karla Rodriguez and Eleni Konstantelos.

“Your essays were remarkable because of your insight and your writing ability,” Simotas said. “I congratulate each of you for a job well done and your Assistant Principal, Ms. Elisa R. Barresi, for organizing this writing contest.”

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