Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Congressman Tom Reed has announced the winners of the 29th Congressional District Longhouse Competition. Students from throughout the district built replicas of Iroquois longhouses which were judged by a committee of Western New York historians. The competition, believed to be the only of its kind in the nation, is a celebration of Iroquois heritage in Western New York.

“The work of all the students who submitted longhouses was very impressive,” Reed observed. “It is an honor for our office to sponsor this competition as both a recognition of our students and of the Haudonsaunee contributions to upstate New York.”

Eleven students were selected as winners from across the district and each of the eleven winning longhouses will be displayed in Washington in the House of Representatives.

Nik Gjonbalaj of Canandaigua Elementary and Hunter Skye of Salamanca City Middle School were selected as the 29th District Grand Champions. Gabriel Orozco of Arkport Elementary and Marissa Telech of Big Flats Elementary were selected as district-wide Reserve Champions.

County champions include Logan Kelley of Cuba Elementary School (Allegany),  Emma Haynes of Cattaraugus-Little Valley Elementary (Cattaraugus), Moriah Lockard of Parley Coburn Elementary (Chemung), Parker Johnston of Manor Elementary School (Monroe), Hunter FitzPatrick of Red Jacket Elementary School (Ontario), Brett Walters of Hanlon Elementary School (Schuyler), and Angelea Collins of All Saints Academy (Steuben).

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