St.Francis Students Honored By Hibernians For Winning Essays
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.
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.