Wantagh Students Pen Winning Essays

Wantagh Students Pen Winning Essays

Seven Wantagh High School students received honorable mention awards in the Irish Cultural Society’s annual Martin J. Kelly Writing contest and monetary prize of $25. Additionally, Madeline Rose was one of three first-place winners and received a $200 cash prize for her winning essay.  

The annual writing contest, sponsored by the H.W. Wilson Foundation, is named in honor of Martin J. Kelly, a founding member of the Irish Cultural Society and its past president for 23 years. This year’s contest challenged students to compose an essay in which he or she identifies through references to the things which people accumulate from their heritage or interests. An indicator of heritage includes religious symbols, foods, celebrations, languages and more, while indicators of interest can include reading material, special clothing, a poster, etc. Participants based their writing on Timothy Egan’s “The Immortal Irishman.”   

The Wantagh School District congratulates Madeline and honorable mention winners Amanda Combs, Julia Froese, Sean Hill-Hotz, Sierra Kenny, Andrianna Oronges, Kevin Pfundstein and Tyler Spisto.