“I’m so excited we won,” squealed Felicity Martinez, 13, of Throgs Neck, who brought in over 100 Daily News covers to help her class win. “I can’t wait to go to Florida!”
The rules of the contest were simple: The New York City K through 12th-grade class that collected the most bar codes before Feb. 18 won a trip for up to 30 students.
this is the second time students from the Urban Institute of Mathematics have won. In 2011, students at the school took first place with just over 4,000 bar codes.
this year, the resourceful students in teacher Adriana Diaz’s homeroom class tried even harder to collect as many front pages as possible — and they tripled their take.
“We asked our parents to bring the front pages home from work, and we collected them from delis,” said seventh-grader Ashley Colon, 13, adding: “We all worked really hard.”
In August, the girls will head off on a long weekend of VIP treatment at a Universal Studios resort in Orlando, where they’ll catch a performance of the Blue Man Group and visit the resort’s two theme parks.
each student on the trip will be accompanied by one adult, plus their teacher and the school’s principal Jennifer Joynt, who is just as excited as her students.
“I’m proud of our girls for winning this contest twice in a row,” Joynt said. “We’re going to try to win it again next year.”