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Farmingdale Elementary School Student Wins State-Wide Photography Contest

Joshua Marino, a third-grade student at Albany Avenue Elementary School, attended the New York State PTA Convention this past November in Saratoga Springs, NY, where he was presented with his 2017-2018 NYS Reflections Award, for his winning art submission in the primary-division photography contest.

Of the six Nassau County winners for photography in his division, Joshua was the only one to win at the state level. He competed against 1,059 school-level entries and 151 county-level winners to arrive at his state-level award, and was the only student from Farmingdale School District to earn a distinction. 

The convention was also a three-day educational trip for Joshua, who participated with his mother, Stacia Marino, VP for the Albany Avenue PTA; Farmingdale Board of Education member Kathy Lively; and members of Farmingdale School Districts’ PTA Executive Committees.

The convention brings PTA representatives from all over the state together for the purpose of improving the education, health, and well-being of children. The Reflections Program is a cultural arts competition that gives students confidence in their abilities to explore ideas and learn through the arts. The theme this year was “Within Reach,” and an exhibit of all the winning student-artwork was put on display during the convention. 

It was also a chance for Joshua to meet the 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year, Christopher Albrecht, who presented Joshua with an additional prize; a collection of books.

Joshua Marino with 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year, Christopher Albrecht.

Joshua was featured in a recent edition of the Farmingdale Observer. 

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