Open to Middle-School and High-School Students,

Contest Provides Opportunity to Reflect on the Rich Heritage of Hispanic Americans

Bethpage, NY - September 29, 2014 – For the seventh consecutive year, Cablevision’s Optimum Community and Olympusat, Inc. are proud to sponsor the “Hispanic Heritage Month” essay contest in recognition of the rich heritage of Hispanic Americans.  Open to middle-school (grades 6 through 8) and high-school (grades 9 through 12) students, the 2014 contest asks students to “Name a Latino, past or present, with whom you would choose to spend a day and explain why.”

All essays must be submitted in English either through the Optimum Community web site www.optimum.net/community, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mailed to Cablevision: Attention Optimum Community, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY.  Entries will be accepted from September 15 through November 1 and cannot exceed 500 words.  Four winners in both the middle- and high-school categories will be selected and announced in December 2014.  Prizes include a $2500 cash scholarship (Grand Prize), an Apple iPad (First Prize), a laptop computer (Second Prize) and a Kindle Fire (Third Prize).  Olympusat, Inc. is the provider of such Spanish-language channels as CubaPlay and TV Chile, all available on Optimum TV en Español programming service.

“Through Optimum Community, Cablevision is proud to sponsor the ‘Hispanic Heritage Month’ essay contest that encourages students to explore the many accomplishments made by Latinos throughout the years,” said Cablevision Vice President of Public Affairs Jen Ostrager.  “Cablevision remains committed to providing educational opportunities to students in the areas we serve.”

“Olympusat is delighted to once again partner with Cablevision on this very special initiative”” said Olympusat Senior Vice President of Distribution Nick Febrizio.  “The Optimum Community Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest enables students to celebrate the many contributions of Latinos in America and we look forward to reading many outstanding entries this season.”