Winners Of 2024 Presidents Day Essay Contest Announced By Rep. Malliotakis


Malliotakis Announces Staten Island Winners of 2024 Presidents’ Day Essay Contest

Editor’s note: Staten Islander News recently covered the announcement of this contest whose winners have now been announced. 

STATEN ISLAND, NY  – Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) announced the Staten Island winners of her 2024 Presidents’ Day Essay contest.
Elementary school students in grades three through five from across New York’s 11th Congressional district were invited to participate and write essays about what they would do to improve their community if they were President of the United States.
“From securing our borders, keeping litter off our streets, to lowering the cost of prescription drugs, cutting taxes, and increasing the number of police officers on duty, these Staten Island students effectively shared their thoughts on everyday problems impacting Americans,”  Malliotakis said.  “It was a pleasure to meet with them and discuss their ideas, and it’s my hope that this contest sparks a passion for positive change and civic engagement that continues to grow throughout their academic careers.”
Both first and second-place winners received gift cards to Barnes and Noble for their work, and were invited to attend a reception with the Congresswoman to share their ideas.
  • 1st Place: Celia Capobianco, Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • 2nd Place: Peyden Ajello, Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • 1st Place: Natalie Pasiuk, Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • 2nd Place: Vincent Spitalieri, P.S. 8 Shirlee Solomon
  • 1st Place: Christopher Bavaro, New Dorp Christian Academy
  • 2nd Place: James Ruiz, Staten Island Academy

Banner Image: Presidents. Image Credit – Ronda Darby


Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was sworn in on January 3, 2021 to represent Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. In the Assembly, she served as Minority Whip and the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees. For five terms, Congresswoman Malliotakis fought to restore ethics in Albany, expand transit service in her district, improve programs for senior citizens, reform education and improve New York’s economic climate by reducing the tax burden on small businesses and residents. A cornerstone of her tenure was helping her community recover and rebuild following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In addition to advocating for these same issues in Washington, Congresswoman Malliotakis is acutely focused on securing New York’s fair share of federal mass transit funding, which would go towards expanding transportation services and easing traffic congestion, while also championing public safety by supporting our nation’s law enforcement officers. Congresswoman Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. She is currently the only Republican member representing New York City in Congress, representing a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. She is a passionate advocate for animal rights and the strengthening of animal cruelty laws, and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her chihuahua, Peanut.

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