Connolly Students are Presidential

Nine students in grades 3-5 at Connolly Elementary School were honored for authoring the top essays in State Assemblyman Charles Lavine’s Presidential Essay Contest. Seven classes at Connolly School participated in the contest, which asks students to select their favorite president, explain why they chose him and document some of his accomplishments. The most popular presidents among the students were Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, with honorable mention to John F. Kennedy. The top three essays were chosen from each grade level, with Assemblyman Lavine personally visiting the school to present the winners with their awards. The nine winners are:

3rd Grade Winners
1st - Philip Wlodarczyk
2nd - Yenifer Fernandez
3rd - Lindsay Gavino.

4th Grade Winners
1st - Steven Bailey
2nd - Caterina Carvelli
3rd - Greg Villafane
5th Grade Winners
1st - Dylan Anucik
2nd - Victoria Blasucci
3rd - Alexandra Gaudio

Additionally, Assemblyman Lavine presented every Connolly student who participated in the contest with a Certificate of Appreciation for his/her efforts. He will visit Landing Elementary School later this month to award the school’s top essayists and honor all of its participants, as well.