Two PAMES Students Win Babylon Town Essay Contest

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Two students at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School were awarded second and third place in the Town of Babylon’s Veterans Awareness Week Essay Contest this year.

Ryane Zamora and Makayla Schmidt, both sixth-graders in Kathleen Thorn’s English class at Park Avenue, won second and third place, respectively. Zamora’s second-place finish earned her a $75 Target gift card, while Schmidt earned a $50 gift card to Target. The Town of Babylon recognized both students at its Veterans Awareness Week event held at Town Hall on Nov. 2.

Zamora and Schmidt were given the opportunity to read from their winning essays at the Town Hall event.

The essay contest was created by the Town of Babylon’s Veteran’s Advisory Council as a way to emphasize the contributions of veterans heading into Veterans Day on Nov. 11. The essays were judged by a panel of veterans.

In the photo: Makayla Schmidt holds her winning essay beside Ms. Thorn. Missing from the photo is Ryane Zamora.