"Hispanic Heritage Month" Student Essay Contest

Cablevision’s Power to Learn Announces Sixth Annual “Hispanic Heritage Month” Student Essay Contest in partnership with Olympusat

Students in Grades 6 through 12 Are Encouraged to Reflect on

‘What Latino They Would Choose to Spend a Day With and Why’

Bethpage, NY, October 2, 2013 – In recognition of the wide-ranging influence that Latinos have on our culture, Cablevision’s Power to Learn and Olympusat, Inc. are sponsoring the “Hispanic Heritage Month” essay contest for the sixth consecutive year.  The contest for middle- (grades 6 through 8) and high-school students (grades 9 through 12) provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the rich heritage of Hispanic Americans.  This year’s essay question is: “Name a Latino, past or present, with whom you would choose to spend a day and explain why.” 


“Cablevision is delighted to sponsor its Hispanic Heritage Month student essay contest for the sixth consecutive year,” said Cablevision Vice President of Public Affairs Jen Ostrager.  “Power to Learn is proud to promote the Hispanic community’s diverse cultural heritage.” 


Olympusat’s Senior Vice President of Distribution, Nick Febrizio said, “Once again, Olympusat is pleased to partner with Cablevision on this educational initiative that encourages students to explore the rich history and cultural traditions of Latinos.  It also provides students with an opportunity to win a terrific prize and recognition within their community and among their peers.  We look forward to this year’s entries.” 


All essays must be submitted in English either through the Power to Learn web site www.powertolearn.com, mailed to Cablevision: Attention Power to Learn, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714 or faxed to 516-803-2716.  Entries will be accepted from September 15 through November 1 and cannot exceed 500 words.  Four winners in both the middle- and the high-school grade levels will be selected and announced in December 2013.  Prizes include a $2,500 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 Latele Novela, ¡Sorpresa!, Momentum, CubaPlay and TV Chile, all available on Optimum TV en Español programming service.


Power to Learn, Cablevision’s nationally recognized education initiative, is dedicated to integrating technology into education.  Through its “Triple Play for Education” technology offer, Cablevision provides its full suite of video, high-speed Internet and digital voice-over-cable services to schools for educational use.  These services are available free of charge to K-12 schools across the company's service area in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  In addition to providing the technology, Power to Learn also provides innovative educational curricula and tools designed to make technology useful to teachers, students and parents.  More information and content is available at www.powertolearn.com.


About Cablevision

Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading media and telecommunications companies, delivering its Optimum-branded television, phone and Internet, offerings throughout the New York area. Cablevision’s local media properties include News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity and Newsday Media Group.  Additional information about Cablevision is available on the Web at www.cablevision.com.


About Olympusat, Inc.

Olympusat is one of the largest independent media companies specializing in ownership, distribution, production and technical services. The company has established itself as a leader in the Hispanic television and media space by experiencing tremendous growth and success through its 50+ brands and networks.  Olympusat’s top networks include Cine Mexicano, Funimation Channel and the newly introduced Ultra HD Plex. Through Olympusat’s diverse portfolio, the company also delivers a distinctive Faith & Family and Specialty Suite representing some of the biggest networks in the industry.


As a part of Olympusat’s industry-leading efforts, the company has also launched two new strategic business units – Olympusat Telecom and Olympusat Entertainment. Olympusat Telecom has embarked in providing the enterprise and consumer customer with complete communications and business solutions through its IPTV, Video Streaming and CDN offering. Olympusat Entertainment currently provides production and post-production services, such as color correction and film restoration, which restores classic films to breathtaking HD quality for the very first time. For more information on Olympusat’s brands and services, visit us at www.olympusat.com.


Follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/olympusat.

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Kristen Blank

Cablevision Media Relations

516 803-2358



Peggy Kalia

Epoch 5 Public Relations

631 427-1713

516 697-9815 (cell)



Seta Tokatlian

Olympusat, Inc.




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