Juliana Rose, a 10th grade student at Wantagh High School, is New York State’s first-place winner in the Daughters of the American Revolution 2019-2020 Christopher Columbus Essay Contest.
The national contest is sponsored by the DAR and the National Italian American Foundation in honor of Christopher Columbus. Each academic year, an essay topic is chosen and the contest is open to students in grades 9-12. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization, interest and originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness. One essay is chosen as a winner from each participating chapter for judging on the state level. The title and topic for this year’s essay was “A Sailor’s Experiences as Part of Christopher Columbus’ First Expedition to the Americas.” Juliana’s essay has been submitted to the national level.
Additionally, junior Lauren Daniels won first runnerup, and honorable mention awards were presented to high school students Cristian Barberio, Amanda Ciaramella, Hayden Maitra, Allison McGinn and Melanie Volz.
The District congratulates the students on this outstanding academic accomplishment and sends best wishes for success on the national level competition to Juliana.
Through a commitment to educational excellence in a secure, supportive environment, the Wantagh Public Schools shall inspire students to develop a strong sense of individual worth and respect for others, to become lifelong learners and independent thinkers, and to fulfill themselves as concerned citizens in a diverse world.