Poetry contest

Four college students from northeast Queens win annual Halloween essay and poetry contest

Clockwise from top left: winners Koey Ma, Renee Suh, Jason Piao and Isabella Reyes. (Photos courtesy of MP Braunstein’s office)

Four elementary school students from northeast Queens were recently named winners of an annual “spooktacular” writing contest.

On Monday, December 13, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein announced the grand prize winners of his Halloween essay and poetry contest for District 26 students: St. Mel in Flushing; Renee Suh, third year, of PS 31 at Bayside; Jason Piao, fourth year, of PS 221 in Little Neck; and fifth-year Isabella Reyers of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy in Glen Oaks.

All four winners received Amazon gift cards, and all contest entrants received a Certificate of Achievement from the New York State Assembly.

“Congratulations to Koey, Renee, Jason, and Isabella, this year’s winners who each submitted creative, well-written entries to my office Halloween essay and poetry contest,” Braunstein said. “Thank you to the nearly 200 local students who got into the holiday spirit and submitted their own stories and poems to this year’s contest.”

Braunstein opened this year’s contest on Oct. 5 and invited students in grades two through five to submit Halloween-themed essays, short stories or poems related to the holiday.

The competition was open to students in the Assembly District 26, which includes Auburndale, Bay Terrace Bayside, Bayside Hills, Broadway-Flushing, Douglaston, Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, North Shore Towers, Oakland Gardens and Whitestone.