DUTCHESS, ORANGE, PUTNAM, and ULSTER STUDENTS REWARDED FOR WRITING ABOUT PLACE

HYDE PARK, NY – For the fourth year, students around the Valley have delighted Teaching the Hudson Valley with their impressions of–and feelings about–places in our region.  In the coming months many of their poems and essays will be published on THV’s blog. In the meantime, we are pleased to introduce the top-scoring authors in our Writing about Place contest. They will host their classmates as they visit the places they wrote about.
GRADES 1 & 2: Vincent Cheng wrote and drew about the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. He is a second grader in the English Language Learners class at Overlook Primary School, Arlington Central School District, in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County. Teacher Lily Cheung shared his work.
GRADES 4 & 5: Charlotte Weinstein, a fourth grader at Mill Road Intermediate School in Red Hook, Dutchess County, wrote a poem about the wallpaper at Olana State Historic Site. Her mom, Lee Gough, inspired her to enter the contest.
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Brian Angevine wrote a hiking adventure tale set in the Catskills, Another Normal Day for the Angevines. An eighth grader at Onteora Middle School in Boiceville, Ulster County, Brian’s teacher, Denise Maltese, submitted his work.
HIGH SCHOOL: Itzel Garcia’s essay describes how visiting Storm King Mountain helped her overcome a fear of heights. She is a junior at Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh City Schools, Orange County. English teacher Virginia McCurdy encouraged her to enter the contest.
Additional awards made possible by Mount Gulian Historic Site will go to three elementary school poets from Putnam and Orange counties.