Rockville Centre student hits home run in essay contest

ROCKVILLE CENTRE - A Rockville Centre school scored a visit from Long Island Ducks second baseman Ray Navarrete today after a student there won a team-sponsored essay contest. Daniel Dunlap, 8, a second-grader at Hewitt Elementary School, won the TD Bank "Take a Duck to Class" Essay Contest. Participants were required to express their love for community, and Dunlap was selected from nearly 1,000 students across the Island. "He's very gregarious, he's outgoing, he enjoys the spotlight," said mother Eileen Dunlap. Navarrete spoke to the children about the importance of family and neighborhood relationships, and posed for class photos. Three other students won the contest, one of whom is from West Babylon.

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