Santapogue’s Own Hometown Hero

Ayse Yildiz, a fifth-grader at Santapogue, was named a winner in the Hometown Heroes writing contest sponsored by the Long Island Ducks.

The contest required students to write about someone in their community they consider a hero, and Yildiz submitted an essay about Christine Manzi, a fourth-grade teacher at Santapogue who is also chief of the West Babylon Fire Department.

As one of the contest winners, Yildiz was awarded a $50 gift card from TD Bank as well as a special visit to the school from Long Island Ducks mascot QuackerJack.