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Merrick Avenue MS Student Wins American History Essay Contest

Pictured: From left, Merrick Avenue Middle School social studies teacher Joe Amador, Avianna Rao, Mara Rosenstock, Jenna Hughes and Social Studies chairperson Christina Cone.

Photo courtesy of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District

Students in Joe Amador’s social studies classes at Merrick Avenue Middle School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District submitted essays to the American History Essay Contest sponsored by the Amityville Colonel Gilbert Potter Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The theme of this year’s contest was “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Students were tasked with imagining it was the year 1897 and they were a newspaper reporter for the Philadelphia Times. They were charged with writing an article about the new song performed that day, including details about Sousa’s life and the story behind the song.

Mara Rosenstock has won first place, and her essay has been entered into a statewide competition. Mara was honored with a certificate and also received a cash prize.

Jenna Hughes and Avianna Rao’s essays also received commendation.

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