Italian Students Win Poetry Awards

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On March 24, students from the central high school district participated in the American Association of Teachers of Italian’s annual poetry recitation contest at SUNY Old Westbury.

These select Bellmore-Merrick students competed against more than 225 students from all over Long Island as they recited classic Italian poems in front of peers, teachers and professors. Each student not only memorized up to 30 lines of a classic Italian poem, but also effectively introduced and interpreted it.

“The students who demonstrated their mastery of pronunciation, intonation, interpretation, poise and memorization were awarded for their accomplished performances,” said World Languages Chairperson Enrique Montes. “All competitors were commended for their efforts and determination as they spent a day immersed in Italian.”

Senior Rebecca Unz of Calhoun High School received the top prize in her category for her poignant rendition of an excerpt from Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy.” Melissa Mjeshtri of Kennedy High School was also awarded first place among a large group of freshmen from all over Long Island.

Winners were as follows:

Calhoun High School – senior Rebecca Unz – first place; senior Jonathan Kessler - third place; junior Lauren Ameruoso - honorable mention; junior James Caracciolo - honorable mention; junior Sara Grossman- honorable mention and junior Kyle Pilotti- honorable mention
Kennedy High School – freshman Melissa Mjeshtri - first place
Wellington C. Mepham High School – junior Rebecca Scotto - honorable mention