Park Avenue Student’s Artwork Honors a Female Pioneer

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Jenny Cividanes, a fifth grader at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School in the Amityville Union Free School District was a winner in the Women’s History Month Art Contest hosted by New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre.


The contest was open to fifth grade students in the Town of Babylon. Jenny drew a picture of Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated and analyzed flight paths for spacecraft, including journeys to the moon. In 2015, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. She died earlier this year at the age of 101.


Jenny said she was very inspired by Katherine Johnson’s story which was documented in the 206 movie, “Hidden Figures.”


Park Avenue art teacher Susan Zaratin, who offered students the opportunity to enter the contest, said that Jenny is now a finalist to have her work featured on the cover of next year’s Women’s History Month Art Contest entry booklet.