Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after he met with the student ambassadors and delegation from the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Do the Write Thing (DtWT) Challenge, a national campaign to prevent youth violence:
“It was my pleasure to meet with and congratulate the two student ambassadors who won the Palm Beach Do the Write Thing (DtWT) Challenge, Magaly Diaz-Perez and Rohith Karthik, for their outstanding essays. Magaly is an 8th grader attending Howell L. Watkins Middle School. Rohith is an 8th grader enrolled in Bak Middle School of the Arts. These two bright and talented young people were selected out of 330 of their peers who participated in DtWT from Palm Beach County. In addition to visiting D.C. for a Hill Day, throughout the coming year, Magaly and Rohith will represent the program at numerous events aimed at increasing awareness and curbing youth violence. I could not be more proud of them for representing South Florida with such resilience, talent, and courage.
“Youth violence is an issue that far too many communities across our country, including South Florida, are facing. Every year, my office participates in the reading and scoring of hundreds of students’ essays, and I look forward to continuing my support of this meaningful program in the years to come. It is nothing short of inspiring to see young people from South Florida, like Magaly and Rohith, engage eloquently with a topic of such grave importance. Please join me congratulating these two talented young writers!”
The Do the Write Thing Challenge is a nationwide writing challenge which gives middle school students the opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives and make a commitment to do what they can to reduce youth violence. Through DtWT, students, teachers, parents, coaches, and other community members learn how to acknowledge and address youth violence in a constructive manner.
Through the hard work of the outstanding Palm Beach County Chapter team, which has the highest participation rate in the country, 35,000 students from 33 middle schools in Palm Beach participated in the program this past year. Hastings’ Office participates each year in the reading and scoring of the students’ essays. Out of hundreds of participants, two student ambassadors are chosen to represent Palm Beach County throughout the upcoming year at DtWT events aimed at curbing youth violence.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.