Long Beach Board Meeting Honors Writing Stars

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The Long Beach Public Schools honored numerous student achievements in writing at the Feb. 28 Board of Education meeting.

The 2018 issue of Long Beach High School’s literary magazine, Fragments, was recognized by numerous press organizations. The publication, which featured the theme “Life of a Star,” was awarded a gold medal with All Columbia Honors for Essentials from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and a gold medal from the Empire State School Press Association. It earned a First Place with Special Merit for Outstanding Theme title from the American Scholastic Press Association and a First Class with One Mark of Distinction in Editing and Writing honor from the National Scholastic Press Association. Fragments’ student staff members Maya Arengo, Uma Arengo, Alyscia Batista, Lauren Bulik, Paige Carpenter, Nicole Celis, Nicole Codianni, Tyler Collinson, Sarah Halley and Anna Xiao and teacher Rachel Koegell were congratulated for their group accomplishments. 

Fragments contributors also received many individual awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Thomas Miller won the Columbia Gold Circle for his piece, “Ramblings,” while Sarah Halley and Jessica Thursland earned gold awards for their respective poems, “Thank You” and “C’est Mon Monde.” Nicole Codianni was presented with a silver award in single-page layout, while Jack Palmer achieved silver for his “Falling to Pieces” nonfiction work and David Newman did so for the poem “Claudia in Vernazza.” A bronze award was obtained by Maya Arengo for specialized content entry “Quartet 1,” and Daisy Willard earned an honorable mention for her “Twisted Cinder” fiction piece. Ms. Koegel was recognized for her outstanding support for student achievement. 

From the middle school, Saoirse Marx was commended for placing first in District 1 and third in New York State in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Yashoda Jaikaran received accolades for her honorable mention in the Stranger Sagas writing contest. High School student Andrea Dispo was recognized in the Lake Effect National High School Poetry Contest. 

High school students also attained excellent results in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program. Esther Molloy won a Gold Key, Silver Key and honorable mention for “Charcoal Woman,” “Meu Fiho Nao e Meu” and “If We Could Make the Bluebells Look Right.” Anna Xiao achieved a Gold Key for “When the Monsoon Rain Comes” and an honorable mention for “Europe.” Uma Arengo received a Silver Key and honorable mention for “Will I Be Dirt” and “Pisces,” while Benjamin Armus earned a Silver Key in “E^p+1=0.” Alyscia Batista won two Silver Keys for “A Summer Filled with Sweat” and “Manzanilla,” and an honorable mention for “Tu Amor es mi Vida.” Samantha Breen, Jason Ferrante and Matthew Landsman earned Silver Keys for their respective poems, “Change,” “Sun Drunk,” and “Incarcerated.” Honorable mentions were received by Tyler Collinson for “Vagrants and Vagabonds,” Victoria Lugo for “Changing Colors” and “Los Muertos” and Jordan Moses for “Clair de Lune.” 

The meeting also included a 2019-20 budget presentation on interfund transfers for capital projects and food and nutritional services. The full report is available on the budget section of the district’s website, www.lbeach.org.