Pine Tree student earns national recognition for literary work

on May 13, 2020
Mrs. Pezzola with Gianna H. who won a national award.

Mrs. Pezzola congratulates Gianna on her national recognition.

Mr. Giudice with Gianna H. who won national award.

Principal Giudice congratulates Gianna.

Congratulations to Pine Tree Elementary’s Gianna Henriquez who earned the National PTA Award of Excellence in Literature. Gianna’s literary work, “My Grandpa’s Heart of Gold” will be showcased in January 2021 at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. and June 2021 at National PTA’s Convention & Expo in Grapevine, TX. Gianna also receives a $200 Young Artist Scholarship from National PTA.

Gianna is the first Monroe-Woodbury student in the school district’s history to be recognized at this level. She is a fifth grade student in Mrs. Pezzola’s class.

Gianna’s heartwarming poem is especially meaningful as her grandpa passed away recently. The school district sends our sincerest condolences to Gianna and her family. What a beautiful tribute to a special person and a wonderful reminder of what is truly important in our world today.

Student's award winning poem about her grandfather.