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Eight Wantagh High School students were prize winners in the Martin J. Kelly Writing Contest of the Irish Cultural Society. The annual contest is open to all Nassau County students in grades 9-12.

The annual contest is a tribute to Martin J. Kelly, founding member of the Irish Cultural Society in Garden City and its past president for 23 years, who passed away in 2015. This year, the contest challenged participants to develop an interior monologue of an Irish soldier fighting in the British army during World War I. Irish artist William Orpen’s painting “Thinker on the Butte” provided a visual image for the students to base their essays. Utilizing resources provided by the society, the entrants’ monologues of 300-400 words had to reflect the thoughts as an Irish soldier and be written in the context of the violence of war. In addition to prize money, a gift of “A Traveler’s History of Ireland” was awarded to school libraries of all students who entered.

The district congratulates the following prize winners:

James Fisenne – second prize, $150

Jennifer Lizares – third prize, $125

Megan Fehling – fourth prize, $35

Isabella White – fourth prize, $35

Andrew Cusumano – fourth prize, $35

Owen Grabkowitz – fourth prize, $35

Jillian Laino – fifth prize, $25

Meaghan Monahan – fifth prize, $25


Irish Essay 2019