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West Orange Students Recognized by Essex County Education Association

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Students across the West Orange School District were recognized for their Pride in Education essays in the annual competition sponsored by the Essex County Education Association.


First place winners received $75, second place winners received $50 and third place winners received $25. Students will read their award-winning essays at the awards ceremony on March 1.



Kindergarten - Third Place

Student: Sarah Francois  - Hazel Elementary
Teacher: Phyllis Seibert


First Grade - Third Place

Student: Leah Rodriguez  - Redwood Elementary
Teacher: Amanda Hegedus
Second Grade - 2nd Place

Student: Joshua Canton - Gregory Elementary
Teacher: Mary J. Carr


Third Grade - Second Place

Student: Kennedy Curry  - Hazel Elementary 
Teacher: Stacie Varanelli


Fourth Grade - First  Place

Student: Jana Abdelghany  - Kelly Elementary 
Teacher: Alison Urban


Seventh Grade - First Place

Student: Isabella Davis  - Liberty Middle School
Teacher: Kimberly DeMeo 


Tenth Grade - Third  Place

Student: Odalys Faiardo Rivera  - West Orange High School
Teacher: Ms. Ortiz 


West Orange Pride Essays

Photo collage by Sharon Ortiz


Cynthia Cumming
Feb. 22, 2018