AITE Sophomore Larry Bello-Castillo Named First Runner-Up in Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest

L to R Student's mom, brother, Larry Bello-Castillo, AITE teacher and Program representative

Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announced Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE) Sophomore Larry Bello-Castillo was named First Runner-Up in the Altice USA Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest. Bello-Castillo was presented with an I-pad mini for his essay, “A Day With My Parents.”

According to the organization, Altice USA partnered with leading Spanish Language Channels Atreseries, HolaTV, Kids Central, RCN Novelas to bring the Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest to High School and Middle School Students. The contest ran from September 15 through November 1 and was open to all middle and high school students in either the Optimum or Suddenlink service areas. All students were required to write a 500-word essay on the topic: “Choose a Latino with whom you would choose to spend a day with and why.”

 Bello-Castillo wrote the essay as part of his UCONN Early College Experience class, taught by AITE Teacher Kelly Angileri. He chose to enter his essay into the contest and was the only winner from the state of Connecticut.