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Jessica Moran and Nicholas Pilacinski are not just your average eighth grade students — both have an incredible talent for writing essays. And both won the Innovative Essay Contest, sponsored by state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) and Councilman Vincent Gentile, (D–Bay Ridge). The duo wrote about prescription drug abuse and combating litter, respectively. The gifted writers were congratulated and feted at the school, and presented with certificates, as well as a summer internship in the electeds’ offices.

Our pal Jessica will be helping the senator from Bay Ridge with combating prescription drug abuse.

“I am honored to have Jessica interning with my office, and I look forward to listening to her views on this matter of prescription drug abuse, which effects both the young and the old of our community,” Sen. Golden told us.

Pal Nicholas intoned about the scourge of litter in the community and how to eradicate it, which really pleased Councilman Gentile because he likes his town clean.

“Taking pride in your community at an early age is very important,” he told Standing O. “Giving back is one of the most rewarding, experiences that both parents and children can do together.”

He should know — the councilman has been serving the public since he was in diapers.

Superintendent of District 20 Karina Costantino, who didn’t want to be left out, told Standing O, “Believing that education takes place beyond the four walls of a classroom, I am delighted that Sen. Golden and Councilman Gentile endorsed internships for our students.”

She also thinks it’s best to learn early, “It is never too early to have our students play an active role in preserving their community,” she said.

IS 201 The Dyker Heights School [8010 12th Ave. between 79th and 80th streets in Dyker Heights, (718) 833–1786].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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