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Stamford Student Makes Finals In Black History Month Essay Contest

Aline Correa, third from left, a sixth-grade student at Cloonan Middle School, is a finalist in Optimum Community’s inaugural “Black History Month” essay contest.
Aline Correa, third from left, a sixth-grade student at Cloonan Middle School, is a finalist in Optimum Community’s inaugural “Black History Month” essay contest. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. – Aline Correa, a sixth-grader at Cloonan Middle School in Stamford, is a finalist in Optimum Community’s inaugural Black History Month essay contest.

Aline was recognized by Optimum Community representatives at an awards ceremony where she read her winning essay on Gabby Douglas, an Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast. Aline was then awarded a mini-tablet.

Optimum Community launched a Black History Month essay contest for students in elementary and middle schools throughout its service area. Students in fourth through eighth grades had the opportunity to respond to the following topic with an original essay of 500 words or less – “Name an African-American, past or present, with whom you would choose to spend a day and explain why.”

A grand-prize winner and three finalists from each of the fourth through fifth and sixth through eighth grade categories were selected.

“Optimum Community is proud to sponsor the ‘Black History Month’ essay contest,” said Cablevision Vice President of Public Affairs Jen Ostrager. “African-Americans throughout the years have contributed so much to our culture. This contest provides young people with an opportunity to better understand their many accomplishments. We applaud Aline on her prize-winning essay.”

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