John F. Kennedy High School ninth-grader Rachel Woodiwiss, a student in Antonietta Valenti’s Italian 2 honors class, is this year’s winner of the Italian Heritage and Culture Month Essay Contest.
The subject of the essay was intended to highlight a notable contributor of Italian heritage. As an avid swimmer, Rachel chose to write about Matt Biondi, an Olympic gold medalist in swimming.
The contest was sponsored by the Italian Heritage and Culture Month Committee and the Italian Teachers’ Association, Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Italian. Woodiwiss will receive a special recognition from the organization at a later date and $200 for the recognition.