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Bronx, NY - February 23, 2015

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Nat Geo Mundo Explorer contest

Nat Geo Mundo Explorer Contest Announced to Bronx Students

Optimum Community was joined by New York State Assemblyman Marcos Crespo at Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy to announce the launch of the Nat Geo Mundo Explorer Contest sponsored by Optimum Community and Nat Geo Mundo. The contest invites high school students from select schools in the Bronx and Newark, NJ, to apply for a full-scholarship summer travel experience with an emphasis on learning and enrichment. Nat Geo will select one student to participate in the 2015 National Geographic Student Expedition, with program tuition and air travel paid. All trips are led by qualified trip leaders and a National Geographic expert and are provided by National Geographic Student Expeditions. Applicants are required to complete a student travel award application, including personal references and a 300-word essay on what he/she hopes to accomplish through world travel and why they should be selected. The program began with opening remarks from Principal Grismaldy Laboy-Wilson, followed by a presentation that covered the details of the event and a video of past winners. Assemblyman Crespo also spoke to students about the benefits of world travel and encouraged them to apply.

“I cannot imagine a more fulfilling and interesting educational experience than being selected to participate in the 2015 National Geographic Student Expedition,” said Assemblyman Crespo. “World travel, besides being fun, broadens one’s perspective and knowledge tremendously, so I urge all of you to enter this contest. I also thank Optimum Community and Nat Geo Mundo for providing this opportunity to our young people.”