Ten students from James H. Vernon School were recognized for their outstanding submissions in Raynham Hall Museum’s 2023 Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest. Open to those in grades 4-6, the contest asked students to write a poem, no longer than 26 lines, about love or Valentine’s Day. Oyster Bay students took home 10 of the 12 awards in this year’s contest. Winners from James H. Vernon School included:
Anna Elize Bakalis, 1st Place
Nikolas Tsioptsias, 2nd Place
Harper Wilson, 4th Place
Alessandra Dimilta, Honorable Mention
Layla Zahirovic, 3rd Place
Reese Davey, Honorable Mention
Gibson (Joel) Redondo Ulloa, 1st Place
Milania Watelier, 2nd Place
Olivia Lewis, 3rd Place
Efimia Nikolopoulos, Honorable Mention
The students read their poems aloud and were awarded with a prize and a certificate at a special awards ceremony at the Raynham Hall Museum on Feb. 13. Oyster Bay-East Norwich Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni, Director of Humanities Jessica Bader, James H. Vernon Principal Dr. Valerie Vacchio, Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Town Clerk Richard LaMarca, Councilwoman Vicki Walsh, families and teachers were in attendance to support the students. Ms. Bader also served as one of the judges and had the honor of presenting the awards to the winners.
“This contest was a testament to our students’ creativity and we only hope that they continue to use poetry as a form of expression,” said Ms. Bader.
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District congratulates these 10 students on their achievement!
Date Added: 2/17/2023