Local students ace annual essay contest

Local scribes were in the spotlight as the Bay Ridge Community Contest honored the winners of its annual Essay Contest.

Students from fifth through eighth grade from public, private and parochial schools in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights participated in the competition, with each grade answering a different question. Winners were chosen on each grade level from each of the participating schools, with the school winners receiving certificates, and then first and second place winners were selected from across all the schools that had taken part, on each grade level, with prizes and plaques awarded.

Fifth grade students wrote essays responding to the question, “What role will robots play in our future?” The first place winner overall was Helen Li, of P.S. 69, with Nadeen Abuhamdeh of P.S. 102 snagging second place.

Sixth graders were asked to “imagine it is up to you to choose someone for president of the United States. How would you convince that person to accept the job?” Allison Moran of St. Ephrem School was the first place winner among the sixth graders, and Matteo Rotatori of St. Patrick Catholic Academy won second place.

Eve Peters of I.S. 201 was the first place winner on the seventh grade level, answering the question, “Should the private lives of famous people be off limits?” with Nicole Clemente of St. Bernadette School winning second place.

Finally, the overall eighth grade winner was I.S. 259’s Victoria Blunnie, with I.S. 104’s Sara Gabralla winning second place. They answered the question, “Does social media ever make you feel bad?”

The ceremony was held at I.S. 259, McKinley Intermediate School, 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway.

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