CLARK, NJ - Winners of the annual UNICO Columbus Day Essay Contest were recognized during a ceremony held on Sunday before the start of the final day of the Italian-American Feast.  

Numerous UNICO members, government officials, students and parents gathered in the Clark Recreation center as these students gave tribute to the contributions of Italians to America.

This year’s winners included:

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Michael Buttleman of the Arthur L. Johnson High School

Nicholas Cardoso of the Frank K. Hehnley School

John Fleckenstein of the Carl H. Kumpf Middle School

Emma Herko of the Valley Road School;

This annual tradition has become a well known event in the Clark Schools with numerous students taking part annually.  “We are most proud of our student author winners and am beyond appreciative of Clark UNICO for their ongoing support of our students and schools” said Superintendent Ed Grande.

Other dignitaries in attendance included Union County Freeholders Angel Estrada, Chris Hudak and Al Mirabella.  Local officials consisted of Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso,  Clark Council Members Al Barr, Steve Hund,  Bill Smith, Brian Toal and Henry Varriano representing the Clark Public Schools. 

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