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Albany public schools dominate 'Creative Expressions' contest

ALBANY, 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 Expressions Contest.


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 the People"

  • Gabrielle Romeo-Artis, grade 7, Hackett, "Strength (Sojourner Truth)"

  • Brynne Russell, grade 7, Hackett, "Louis Armstrong"

  • 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.  

The 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 School.

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