2007-03-30 / Community

St.Francis Students Honored By Hibernians For Winning Essays

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

All the students who participated received certificates, while the four winners, such as second place winner Jack Kane, also received a small prize for their work. All the students who participated received certificates, while the four winners, such as second place winner Jack Kane, also received a small prize for their work. St. Francis de Sales School recently honored several of its students who were winners of the Queens County Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians' 2006- 2007 Irish History Writing Contest for Elementary School Students.

More than 30 St. Francis students, including four winners, were among several hundred youngsters from elementary schools throughout Queens who entered the competition.

"It's phenomenal that four of the winners are from our division," said Lily Corcoran-Pineiro, the president of the Rockaway chapter of the Ladies AOH before the awards ceremony on Tuesday. "There were seven winners out of hundreds of entries."

Students were asked to write compositions either on how Irish history influenced them, or about Irish inventors. The students - Shamus Coyne (first place), Jack Kane (second place), Jillian Spataro (third place) and Reilly Sullivan (second honorable mention) - won for their essays about the contributions of Irish inventors on the U.S. economy.

Sixth graders who took part in the contest pose for a photo with the school's principal Sister Patricia Chelius and members of the Queens County Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. Sixth graders who took part in the contest pose for a photo with the school's principal Sister Patricia Chelius and members of the Queens County Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. The winners will have their essays forwarded on to the state competition. The winners of that contest will then compete in the national essay contest in April. All the students who participated received certificates for their efforts, while the four winners also received a small cash prize for their achievements.

Over 30 students from St. Francis de Sales took part in the writing contest, including these eight graders. Over 30 students from St. Francis de Sales took part in the writing contest, including these eight graders. Pictured, from left, with the four winning students Shamus Coyne (first place), Jack Kane (second place), Jillian Spataro (third place) and Reilly Sullivan (second honorable mention) are Sister Patricia Chelius (the school's principal) and Hibernians Maureen Leahy (Queens County president), Joan Kearney (Queens County Irish Historian), Bernadette O'Brian (Historian for the Rockaway Division), Lily Corcoran-Pineiro (President of the Rockaway Division) and Thereasa Flanigan (Catholic Action). Pictured, from left, with the four winning students Shamus Coyne (first place), Jack Kane (second place), Jillian Spataro (third place) and Reilly Sullivan (second honorable mention) are Sister Patricia Chelius (the school's principal) and Hibernians Maureen Leahy (Queens County president), Joan Kearney (Queens County Irish Historian), Bernadette O'Brian (Historian for the Rockaway Division), Lily Corcoran-Pineiro (President of the Rockaway Division) and Thereasa Flanigan (Catholic Action). Seventh graders show off their certificates of participation in the contest. Seventh graders show off their certificates of participation in the contest. Shamus Coyne's parents join him for a photo after the ceremony. Coyne read his first place essay about Irish inventors and their impact on the U.S. economy. This is the second time in five years that a St. Francis student has won first place in the writing contest. Shamus Coyne's parents join him for a photo after the ceremony. Coyne read his first place essay about Irish inventors and their impact on the U.S. economy. This is the second time in five years that a St. Francis student has won first place in the writing contest.

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