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A.W. Becker student takes center court at MAAC tournament

Maac essay winners holding awards

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk fifth-grader Kayla Stanton was a star at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) basketball tournament March 7, where she was named the elementary school winner of the 2016 MAAC Gives Back Essay Contest.

Big board sign at game naming Kayla as the winnerStanton received a certificate from MAAC commissioner Rich Ensor at center court of the Times Union Center tournament. She was also recognized during the men’s championship game and again during an awards dinner where she read her essay aloud and she was also interviewed by reporters from ESPN.

The contest was open to students in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. This year’s essay challenged students to write about an important life skill that they learned through being part of a team. Writers had to elaborate and explain how they have used that life skill in a positive manner.

A.W. Becker fourth- and fifth-grade students also had the opportunity to be pen pals with several MAAC student-athletes; some even met their pen pals before a game at the Times Union Center.

AW Becker students on basketball court posing for picture with players

The students also met former Major League Baseball player and current Times Union Center Director of Sales Gary Holle, who helped answer any questions they had about the historic Times Union Center.