2017-06-07 / Features

8th Graders Honored For Essays On Black History


Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (third from l., front row) posed with 8th grade students from I.S. 141 and I.S. 10 who participated in the Black History Essay Contest (l. to r., front row); essay winners Constantina Terzidis, Alexander Ram, Simotas and Madison Moreno; (l. to r., middle row); Axel Juarez, Robert Ottomano, Akib Kazi, Alexis Albarracin, Miguel Cruz, Ana Hernandez, Adam Teuboh, Tuzree Chisty and Evelin Tecalero; (l. to r., back row); Farhan Shopnil, Daniel Li, Philip Zheng, Jose Sanchez, Ayman Ahmed, Laila Balahna, Nicole Rodriguez, Fatima Cruz and Arianna Cruz. Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (third from l., front row) posed with 8th grade students from I.S. 141 and I.S. 10 who participated in the Black History Essay Contest (l. to r., front row); essay winners Constantina Terzidis, Alexander Ram, Simotas and Madison Moreno; (l. to r., middle row); Axel Juarez, Robert Ottomano, Akib Kazi, Alexis Albarracin, Miguel Cruz, Ana Hernandez, Adam Teuboh, Tuzree Chisty and Evelin Tecalero; (l. to r., back row); Farhan Shopnil, Daniel Li, Philip Zheng, Jose Sanchez, Ayman Ahmed, Laila Balahna, Nicole Rodriguez, Fatima Cruz and Arianna Cruz. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas honored 92 Queens 8th grade students from I.S. 141 and I.S. 10 with special NYS Assembly Certificates of Merit for participating in her annual Black History Essay Contest. She chose three students from I.S. 141 who excelled in their writing as contest winners – Madison Moreno, Alexander Ram and Constantina Terzidi. On Tuesday, May 30, Simotas visited I.S. 141, class 809 and spoke to the winners and their Advanced English class about the importance of including the contributions of black people in the study of our nation’s history.

“The student essays explored struggles and triumphs in profiling extraordinary 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, from the poet Langston Hughes, to baseball legend Jackie Robinson, to the first African American neurosurgeon in the United States, Dr. Alexa Irene Canady.

“Your essays were remarkable because of your insight and your writing ability,” Simotas said. “I congratulate each of you for a job well done.”

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