WEST ORANGE, NJ - Seniors in the West Orange High School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program swept the Essex County Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities annual Disability Awareness Essay Contest.
Wendy Deer and Nina Peckman of the ECBA visited West Orange High School on June 9 to present awards for first, second, and third place, along with two honorable mention awards. Twelve entries were submitted from the senior AVID class and were selected from 300 essays county-wide.
Winners were:
Rickey Close - First place
Chyna Chitty  - Second place
Anastasia Adams -  Third place
David Noelvil - Honorable Mention 
Femi Ojo - Honorable Mention  

The AVID program is  a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college.  Special emphasis is plaed on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills. 
"Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Essay Contest," said Business Education teacher Anne Hanson.