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Highview, Richard J. Bailey, and Woodlands High School Students Receive National Recognition in Black History Month Writing Contest

Who inspires you and gives you hope for a better future? This was the question posed to Greenburgh students for The Writing Revolution (TWR) National Black History Month Writing Contest. Seven students in grades 3-5 and 9-12 were selected as national winners by TWR. Rylan Echevarria (3rd grade) received an honorable mention, Audrey Russel (5th grade) placed first, and Chidera Obeator (5th grade) was a third place winner. It was a Woodlands sweep in the high school category, with WHS students winning all of the top spots - McKenna Richy (first place), Julia Samuel (second place), Khloe Fuentes (third place), and Melany Fajardo (Honorable Mention). “Our students’ national recognition in writing is such a testament to the wonderful work being done in the district and with our partnership with TWR,” said Lori D’Andrea, PreK-12 Literacy Coach. “There were over 1000 entries nationwide this year. This is an incredible accomplishment for both our students and their teachers, Ms. Mangum, Ms. McGlyn, and Ms. Chinquemani.” 

The students and their families joined together in a celebration with their teachers and GCSD administrators at WMHS on Monday morning. Each winner received a certificate and prize; first place winners received iPads, Bose headphones were given to second place winners, and third place and honorable mention won a Visa gift card. All prizes were provided by TWR. 

The students revealed their answers to the question at the ceremony as they read their winning submissions. This list of inspiring individuals included history-makers Victor Moore, a black martial artist, Marley Diaz, a young black activist, Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker, Thurgood Marshall, recording artist Rihanna, and First Lady Michelle Obama. For ninth grader and first place winner McKenna Richy, it was clear that she didn’t have to look too far outside of her personal history. “Throughout my life, I’ve met many people who inspire me, however none have fueled that flame for me more than my teacher, coach, and mentor Shaina Weir. She's always incredibly understanding and helpful to any situation thrown her way,” she said as she read from her winning submission. “All in all, Ms. Weir has inspired me in multiple ways and she will continue to motivate me as I continue to grow.”

See photos of all winners on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, and