Student Shares His Story To Win Essay Contest

Left to right: Mr. Leonard Cafarelli, general manager of Lexus of Massapequa; Mr. Robert Morris, Stimson English teacher; Ashar Farooq; Dr. Jared Bloom, Supervisor of Assessment and Technology/Office of Curriculum and Instruction; Ashar’s proud dad, Mr. Ahmad Farooq; Mr. Anthony Sansotta, Stimson Assistant Principal; Ms. Joann Hili-Carbone, Middle School English Chairperson; Mr. Edwin Smith, Stimson Principal; and Dr. David Bennardo, District Superintendent.
Left to right: Mr. Leonard Cafarelli, general manager of Lexus of Massapequa; Mr. Robert Morris, Stimson English teacher; Ashar Farooq; Dr. Jared Bloom, Supervisor of Assessment and Technology/Office of Curriculum and Instruction; Ashar’s proud dad, Mr. Ahmad Farooq; Mr. Anthony Sansotta, Stimson Assistant Principal; Ms. Joann Hili-Carbone, Middle School English Chairperson; Mr. Edwin Smith, Stimson Principal; and Dr. David Bennardo, District Superintendent.

Stimson Middle School student Ashar Farooq has won the first place prize in an essay contest sponsored by Lexus. On hand recently at Stimson to present the school with a $5,000 check as well as a tablet for Ashar were representatives of Lexus and the South Huntington School administration.

“As part of the overall Lexus philanthropic charity, primarily concerned with the nation’s youth, the Lexus Pursuit of Potential program offers local dealerships incentives to reach out to the community,” said Leonard Cafarelli, General Manager of Lexus of Massapequa. “Claudia Cabrera, our marketing consultant, came up with the essay contest aimed at middle school students, called 'A December They Will Always Remember.'”

“We invited middle schoolers in Nassau and Suffolk counties to write a story that shares a unique perspective about how their school helps them to pursue their potential,” said Ms. Cabrera. “We felt this was a great age to tap into and find out what’s going on in their lives as students.”

“From my teachers to the programs here at Stimson and from the after-school activities to my friends, all have all helped me pursue my potential and become who I am today,” said Ashar as he accepted the award. Ashar is looking forward to continuing to pursue his interest in science and math when he gets to Whitman and would some day like to pursue a career in medicine or engineering.

Lexus management was surprised at how inspired the essays were. “Ashar in particular wrote about how his school has made him into a whole person, not just a student,” said Ms. Cabrera.

“It’s great to be able to do this contest locally here on Long Island,” said Mr. Cafarelli.  “And it's especially nice that one of our first-place winners was from the Huntington area, since we are in the process of building a brand new dealership on Rt. 110 in Melville.”