Weehawken, NJ, March 28, 2012 - Genesis Osorio, the 1st place winner of Cablevision's Power to Learn 4th Annual "Hispanic Heritage Month" essay contest, was recognized at the Woodrow Wilson School by Union City Commissioner Christopher Irizarry and Cablevision representatives. At the awards ceremony, the 7th grader read her winning essay and was awarded an Apple iPad. Four additional students - Joyce Alvarez, Yoanny Brito, Grace Lopez and Gabriela Romero - who also submitted essays were presented with certificates of recognition.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cablevision's Power to Learn and Olympusat, Inc. sponsored the essay contest for students in grades six through 12 in Cablevision service areas. Students were required to submit an original essay that answered, in 500 words or less, "How do you identify culturally with other Latinos or with the Latino community and what makes you different or unique?" or "What do the terms Hispanic and Latino mean to you?" Prizes included a $5,000 savings bond, an Apple iPadT, a laptop computer and a Netbook. Olympusat Inc. is the provider of such Spanish language channels as Latele Novela, ¡Sorpresa!, Momentum and TV Chile, all available on iO TV® as part of the iO en español programming service.
"My congratulations to Genesis for her outstanding, thoughtful essay," said Commissioner Irizarry. "This is a wonderful accomplishment that makes all of us proud. I also commend Cablevision for its leadership in creating this essay contest that pays tribute to the generations of Hispanics who have enriched our society."