Student honored for Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

Longwood Junior High School eighth grade student Zoe Smidt has been named a runner-up in the Altice Connects student essay contest. In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the 2016 contest asked students to: “Name a Latino, past or present, with whom you would choose to spend a day and explain why.” Zoe received an iPad mini for her thoughtful essay on Pope Francis for his compassion and tireless efforts in support of human rights.

“The Pope accepts people no matter who they are, what they believe, or what they look like,” wrote Zoe. “He does everything in his power to help people and is determined to make the world a better place. Pope Francis has had a huge impact on me, my family, and many others as well. Learning about all the wonderful things the Pope has done, inspires me to try my best to be like him in any way I can.”

Altice Connects launched a student essay contest in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Students in grades 6–12, who attend school in the communities that Altice USA serves with its Optimum and Suddenlink services, had the opportunity to submit an original essay in 500 words or less.

Pictured l-r: Spanish Teacher Jennifer Schuster, Principal Adam DeWitt, Essay Contest Winner Zoe Smidt, Zoe’s Mom Deborah Smidt, Spanish Teacher Regina Casale and Altice Connects Public Affairs Manager Kristen Thurber.

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