Outstanding writing and art skills have earned several Bayville Intermediate School students honors in the “Freedom to Read” essay/drawing contest sponsored by the Nassau County Library Association. From among almost 500 entries, Bayville had four students recognized in the contest, which required that entrants write an essay or draw a picture in response to the question, "What superhero from a story or movie would you like to be?"

Meghan Murray was the first-place winner in the 7-9-year-old essay category and Ally Garros was the first-place winner in the 10-12 year-old essay category. Christian DeBellis received an honorable mention award for his essay and Julianna Nanet won an honorable mention award for her drawing. 

All of the students were recognized at a reception at the Levittown Library. The first-place winners read their essays aloud to the audience and each received a $35 gift card to Barnes and Noble.

Students from Mrs. Pederson and Mrs. Berglund’s fourth-grade classes, along with those in Mrs. Fonzo's third-grade class all participated in the contest, which fit perfectly into their writing curriculum. 


“It fits into our creative writing theme and was something fun that the kids could relate to,” explained Mrs. Pederson. “They used action words, vivid verbs and descriptive writing to enhance their essays. I am very proud of their efforts!”


Congratulations to all of the participants!