Ra Honors Elmont Students For Black History Month Achievements

Assemblyman Ed Ra (21st Assembly District) recently honored 14 Elmont students with an award reception as part of the first annual Black History Month Art and Essay Contest. The reception, held at the Elmont Library children’s section where the award-winning work is on display, was attended by over 70 community members. This year’s winners and honorable mention’s include:

  • Maxiel Dasilva, Covert Avenue School
  • Avi Ratra, Covert Avenue School
  • Marc-Anthony Tuo, Gotham Avenue
  • Jessica Salano, Gotham Avenue
  • William Holmes, Gotham Avenue
  • Orobo Ogbovoh, Gotham Avenue
  • Abia Shahid, Alden Terrace
  • Cloe Wright, Alden Terrace
  • Divya Verma, Clara H. Carlson
  • Isaac Razak, Clara H. Carlson
  • Bryce Lowery, Stewart Manor
  • Emily Kightlinger, Stewart Manor
  • Andre Blakney, Dutch Broadway
  • Nathanael Peterkin, Dutch Broadway

“African-Americans have contributed mightily to the fabric of national life,” said Ra. “In politics, business, the arts and sports, Black History Month reminds us of the indispensable role played by these Americans. Long Island also has produced its share of African-American success stories, with more certain to follow in the future. I was honored to have so many local students participate in our first annual Black History Month Art and Essay contest. It was inspirational to see how each student commemorated past achievements and future opportunity.”

During the event, Ra also welcomed Dennis Cowan, Gotham Avenue Assistant Principal; Michele Caponi-Sajecki, Stewart Manor Assistant Principal; Kathy Safrey, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Norma E. DeBartolo, Community Affairs Liaison; School Board Vice President Lorraine Ferrigno; and School Board Member Patrick Emeagwali.