Cassandra Fitzpatrick is only in seventh grade, but has already made a name for herself as a writer. The East Islip Middle School student won the Suffolk County Award of Excellence in Literature from the Suffolk Region PTA. Her poem "Diversity Is You” was one of two East Islip entries in this year’s PTA Reflections art contest to achieve victory on the county level, and will move on to the next round of judging at the state level.
The title of her entry was based on this year’s Reflections theme of "Diversity Means..." In Fitzpatrick’s artist statement, she explained, "This poem related to the theme because it explains that even though everyone is different from one another, we all have one important thing in common – we're all people in this world and should all be treated equally."
“I am thrilled that Cassandra will represent the middle school in the PTA Reflections contest this year,” said her English teacher, Ann Mingione. “She is an excellent writer who consistently strives to improve her work and attain high grades. In addition, she is a positive role model for her peers and naturally takes on leadership roles during cooperative learning groups.”