ASD Middle School Students are Flag Day Essay Contest Winners


Allentown, PA (June 9, 2016):  The Allentown Flag Day Association and the Allentown School District announce the 2016 winners of the District’s annual Flag Day Essay Contest. Each year three winners are selected by a panel of judges from the Allentown Flag Day Association from essays submitted by ASD middle school students. On Tuesday, June 14, at

6:30 p.m. these students will read their essays at the annual Flag Day Ceremony in West Park, Allentown.  The Flag Ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.

The winners are:

  • 1st Place:  Melissa Fatzinger, 8th grade, Trexler Middle School

o    Flag Day

  • 2nd Place: Isaiah Rodriguez, 8th grade, South Mountain Middle School

o   What is a Flag?

  • 3rd Place: Malachi Green, 7th grade, Harrison-Morton Middle School

o   Once a Naturalization

ASD winning students will be presented with their cash prizes – 1st prize winner receives $100; 2nd prize winner receives $75; and the 3rd place winner receives $50 – during the ceremony.

The event is free and open to the public.

West Park is located between 15th and 16th Streets, between Linden and Tuner Streets in Allentown.

About Allentown School District

ASD serves more than 16,000 students in a network of 22 early childhood, elementary, middle and high schools located throughout the City of Allentown, PA. The Allentown School District is the third largest urban school district out of 500 districts in the Commonwealth. A shared vision of the community, parents, guardians, staff and faculty focuses on “Empowering Students for Life,” providing ASD students with the skills and academics they need to realize their aspirations whether they be college, career or technical focus. ASD goals are aligned and compatible with the Pathways to Success Framework while providing a balanced education to all students. Allentown School District employs approximately 2,200 teachers, staff and administrators. The District, founded in 1866 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial throughout 2015-2016, serves students from 43 countries speaking 26 languages with nearly 90 percent of households qualifying as low income. ASD is committed to providing safe learning environments in which all students have equal access to education programs and resources.

Information provided by:
Kimberly Golden Benner
Director of Communications
Allentown School District