AILA South Florida Honors the Celebrate America Winners

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AILA South Florida, in partnership with the American Immigration Council (AIC), Wednesday morning honored the local winners of the Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest.  A ceremony and reception were held at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, which all three regional winners attend.

At the assembly, the students read their creative writing pieces aloud in front of their peers, teachers and parents. Each winner was also presented by AILA South Florida President Antonio Revilla III and past President Maite Hoyos with a certificate commemorating the award.

AILA South Florida presents awards to winners

The students will also be honored at AILA South Florida’s upcoming Membership Luncheon on May 21.

It was just announced earlier this week that South Florida’s first place winner Charlotte Leigh was also selected as the overall national contest winner. As the nationwide winner, she will receive an engraved plaque, an all-expenses paid trip for three to Boston to read her winning entry at the American Immigration Council’s Benefit Dinner, have a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in her honor, and her winning piece entitled “The Land of Opportunity” will be printed in the Congressional Record.

AILA South Florida and AIC received dozens of exceptional local entries that conveyed the students’ unique immigration experiences and emphasized the positive contributions of immigrants to America.

Stay tuned to the AILA South Florida blog and social media pages for more updates throughout the coming week!

See more photos below:

SoFla & National winner Charlotte Leigh

Award to Charlotte Leigh

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Swain, Leigh & Rizo-Patron