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Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R–Bay Ridge) last month treated winners in her elementary school Presidents’ Day Essay Contest to a pizza party.

Back in late February, third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students were charged to pen their opinions on what they would do to improve their community if they were president. The assemblywo­man’s office received more than 200 submissions from students all over the borough and across the Verrazano Bridge in Staten Island. The assemblywoman presented those students with a certificate of merit from the State Assembly, and a letter of recognition.

Six winning writers were invited to the pizza palaver on April 26 in celebration of their on-point solutions to the query.

The winners included: Ali Chugtai, fourth grade at PS 102; Andrew Guzman, fifth grade at Big Apple Academy; Laibah Imran, fifth grade at PS 209; Aveney Kandiah, fifth grade at PS 209; Gianna Lupo, fourth grade at PS 312; and Chryssa Vavas, fourth grade at Holy Cross.

Malliotakis was more than pleased with the contest results, saying: “I was delighted to read some of the wonderful ideas in these essays. The students were very much aware of the real issues affecting our community and expressed a particular concern for littering, bullying, and drugs. It certainly wasn’t easy selecting our finalists, but I am very glad to have given our participants the opportunity to think critically about civics and I hope this exercise further encourages them to help others.”

Standing O sends out congrats to the students, a special thanks to Leo’s Casa Calamari in Bay Ridge for providing the pies, and of course to the Assemblywoman for hosting the contest and party.

Malliotakis’s District Office [7408 Fifth Ave. at 74th Street in Bay Ridge; (718) 987–0197].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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