Albany public schools dominate 'Creative Expressions' contest
N.Y. (Jan. 17, 2017) -- City School District of Albany students’
writing, artistic and oratory skills collectively eclipsed those of
students from around the region in the 2017 Black History Month Creative
Of 28 winners picked, 12 were from Albany public
schools. The contest asked students to submit a piece of writing, art or
oratory about a person, group, event or movement that significantly
affected people of color in a community, the United States or worldwide.
Written expression winners
Nina Avallone-Serra, grade 7, William S.
Hackett Middle School, "The Life and Legacy of James Baldwin"
Ian Boldiston, junior, Albany High School,
"The True American Art Form: Jazz"
Ingrid Colafati, grade 7, Hackett, "An Ode
to Henry Johnson"
Hidayet Chowdhury, grade 7, Hackett, "Bronze
Skin, Gold Heart (Frederick Douglass)"
Onovu Otitigbe-Dangerfield, grade 8, Stephen
and Harriet Myers Middle School, "Black History As Seen Through the
Eyes of the Unnoticed"
Christian Wasson, grade 4, Philip Schuyler
Achievement Academy "The Story of Rosa Parks"
Artistic expressions winners
Sion Hardy, junior, Albany High, "Power to
Gabrielle Romeo-Artis, grade 7, Hackett,
"Strength (Sojourner Truth)"
Brynne Russell, grade 7, Hackett, "Louis
Emmanual Tay, junior, Albany High, "Freedom
Rise (Malcolm X)"
Oratorical expression winners
Williemae Fiddemon, senior, Albany High,
"Daddy, Why Are They Stopping Us?"
Erykah Herrine, grade 4, Thomas O'Brien
Academy of Science and Technology, "Black in America--Freedom"
The contest was sponsored by sponsored by Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority Alumnae of Albany, which recognized the students at a
Feb. 12 reception. Winning students will be featured in a series of
public service announcements on local TV and radio stations throughout
the month of February.
mission of the City
School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
more than 9,600
students in 17
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High