Ra Honors Valley Stream Students For Black History Month Achievements

Assemblyman Ed Ra (21st Assembly District) recently honored six Valley Stream School District students with an award reception as part of the first annual Black History Month Essay and Art Contest. The reception, held at Willow Road Elementary School, reflected the spirit and values shown in the work of over 200 Valley Stream students who participated. This year’s winners and honorable mentions include:

  • Sophia Marinez, Willow Road School
  • Anthony Baires , Willow Road School
  • Caryn Martin, Howell Road School
  • Joline Viau, Howell Road School
  • Nithin Seelan, James A. Dever School
  • Alena Moreira, James A. Dever School

“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 Essay and Art Contest. It was inspirational to see how each student commemorated past achievements and future opportunity.”

Ra attended the Valley Stream 13 School Board meeting where he presented the citations and commended the principals, teachers and superintendent for their encouragement to the students for participation.