Finley Students Honored by Board of Education

Finley Students Honored by Board of Education photo
The Board of Education recognized Finley Middle School students Jason Downer, Jr., Ashly Freeman, Colin Gallagher and Samantha Seery at its meeting on Nov. 29.

The students, who were celebrated for their successful participation in the 2017 New York State YMCA Model Youth Legislature for Middle Schools in November, thanked the members of the Board and the district for making their attendance at the event possible. They also explained the mock bill they created for the conference, which focused on legislative reform of solitary confinements in prisons by reducing consecutive time allowed in isolation and by setting clear and concise parameters for consequences leading to solitude. 

“Having the privilege to attend this event and work in the Capitol Building was truly an enriching experience,” Seery said. “The whole experience of meeting attendees from different schools, to being able to stand inside the chambers and present our mock bill was inspiring.”

“To be sitting in those seats and going through the process had to be an amazing experience,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna said. “I’m glad that you were all able to participate. You represented Glen Cove in such an amazing, honorable manner. Thank you for your outstanding performances.”  

Gallagher and Seery were also recognized for receiving individual awards, earning outstanding debater and outstanding delegate, respectively.