Young Writers Honored for Notable Narratives

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Three students from the Lynbrook Public Schools were recently selected as winners in the Nassau Reading Council’s Young Authors’ Contest for their personal narrative submissions. Seventh-grader Jaiden Moreno and eighth-grader James Malinka from Lynbrook South Middle School, along with sophomore Terence Deegan from Lynbrook High School, were recognized during an award ceremony at Molloy College on June 4 where they read their pieces publicly.

The students are among 40 winners out of approximately 90 schools and 600 students in grades K-12 from throughout Nassau County that participated in the writing contest. The competition honors high quality classroom writing with each student’s personal narrative being judged on voice, organization and authenticity. 

Moreno, a student in Jeanette Roch’s class won for his story about the kindness of strangers following his bicycle accident, while Malinka in Robyn Freiman’s class won for his piece about the loss of his younger brother. Deegan in Christine Gallehugh’s class was chosen for his tale about the day his family said goodbye to their dog. In addition to being recognized during the award ceremony, each of their pieces will be published in the New York City Young Authors’ Contest book and copies will be provided to the schools.