NJEA and Hot 97 recently recognized the winners of the “Say It With Your Pen” student essay contest. Melissa Latkovich, a senior at Piscataway High School wrote about her computer graphics teacher Drew Calvo. Mr. Calvo, who also volunteers as an EMT and captain of his local fire department, inspires his students with his positive attitude, willingness to help, and dedication to his students. Melissa wrote that even when Mr. Calvo’s infant daughter was battling cancer, he still came to school every day with a smile on his face and a caring attitude.

Amir Kelly-Hughes, a junior at Irvington High School wrote about Officer Andrew Potts, Jr, his school security guard. Amir and Officer Potts share a love of music. Officer Potts heard Amir playing his trumpet as a freshman in the band room and asked if he had an interest in playing professionally. Officer Potts, who is a recording gospel artist, invited Amir to play on one of his singles. Amir wrote that Officer Potts is “responsible for me being on a song and an upcoming album” as a 16-year old trumpet player.

Each winning student received two tickets to Hot 97’s Summer Jam! Hot 97’s Dr. Bob Lee “Crashed the Classroom” with school visits and $1,000 awards to the winning NJEA members.

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