Student and Teacher Honors at Board Meeting

The Board of Education celebrated the achievements of Finley Middle School student Ava Ruiz and Glen Cove High School teacher Christopher Contorno at its May 23 meeting.
Ava was honored for the inclusion of her poem “Coming True,” in the America Library of Poetry’s book “Eloquence.” Less than 20 percent of all submissions to the national student poetry contest were utilized in the collection, which included entries from students around the country. Ava submitted her poem in the competition while she was a student at Landing School. Landing fifth-grade teacher Denise Reynolds was on hand at the meeting and presented Ava with a copy of the book.  
Contorno was celebrated for being named the Long Island Council for the Social Studies Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Social Studies coordinator Melanie Arfman nominated Contorno for the honor and shared kind words about his contributions to the district’s students with those at the meeting. Superintendent Dr. Maria Rianna also expressed her gratitude to Contorno.
“All and all I think you are the epitome of what we want out children to experience,” Superintendent Dr. Maria Rianna said. “We have the opportunity to have you involved in so many things and we thank you for the time you give our students.”