LIVINGSTON, NJ — Aliki Salamone from Roosevelt Middle School in West Orange has been named the local winner of the Livingston Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.

Students were invited to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems, or thank-you letters that explain how their teacher has influenced their life and reveal why they appreciate and admire him or her. According to Barnes & Noble, Salamone was nominated by Matthew Angeles.

According to the judges’ criteria, Angeles’ entry emphasized the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation, and the quality of expression and writing.

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Salamone will be recognized at an event at the Barnes & Noble at the Livingston Mall, where she will receive a special award acknowledging her achievement as well additional recognition and praise from the community. Angeles will receive a certificate of recognition and will be honored during the ceremony for his winning entry as well.

The event will be held on site on Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. 

Salamone will now be entered into the regional competition in which five winners will be chosen. Each regional winner will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card.

From the pool of five regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year. The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of Teacher of the Year.

The winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at a local Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000 as well.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest provides students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. All students enrolled in middle or high schools across the United States are eligible to participate, and only educators employed by private or public elementary, middle, or high schools are eligible to be nominated. Awards include cash prizes for the teachers and schools, and more.

More details on the contest rules can be found HERE.