Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and
members of his anti-litter essay contest committee, today are announcing
that twenty-one finalists have been selected to compete in the essay
contest ceremony scheduled for Thursday, February 25th at Xaverian High
School, 7100 Shore Road in Brooklyn.
The finalists selected represent students from grades 3, 4 and 5,
from a variety of local public, private and parochial schools including
P.S. 102, P.S. 104, P.S. 127, P.S. 176, P.S. 185, P.S. 186, P.S. 204, P.S.
264, Adelphi Academy, Holy Angels Catholic Academy, St. Patrick Catholic
Academy, and Visitation Academy. The First Annual “Don’t Drop It”
anti-litter essay contest received more than five hundred essays from
schools within Senator Golden’s district and based on this success, the
contest will be expanded next year.
Senator Marty Golden stated, “Improving and maintaining the quality
of life in our community has long been the cornerstone of my career in
public service. That is why I sponsored this essay contest this year, in
order to teach our students the need to keep our community and streets
clean. This contest is generating an important dialogue amongst our
families, our schools and beyond, and I believe it will impact many of our
residents to take greater pride in our neighborhood. I look forward to the
contest finals and thank all the schools who have participated in this
The finalists will present their essays before a panel of judges that
includes Debra Barreto, Deputy Director of NYC Sanitation Department
Customer Relations, Josephine Beckmann, District Manager of Brooklyn’s
Community Board 10, and Laurie Windsor, President of Community Education
Council District 20. The event is open to the public and residents are
encouraged to attend.
The finalists are:
P.S. 102 Devon Wong and Sarah Ibrahim
P.S. 104 Rachael Mak
P.S. 127 Rita Filali, Mattao Gutierrez and Belal Hamed
P.S. 176 Violeta Zani and Paola Vega
P.S. 185 Luca Friedman
P.S.186 Diana Stoupakis
P.S. 204 Nicholas Magenta
P.S. 264 Rhianna Gonzalez, Damon Merazzi and Elexander Bawa
Adelphi Academy Timothy Chirkov
Holy Angels Catholic Academy Andrew Stosko, Nolan Keegan and
St. Patrick Catholic Academy Fiona Costello
Visitation Academy Isabella Incata and Agnes Keough
Members of the media are invited to attend.