Carolyn FortinoMay 22, 2017, 1:34 pm

Ossining 4th grader honored for naming Tappan Zee Bridge falcon

Out of thousands of students, the state's Thruway Authority chose Emily Alvarez's entry: 'Puente', which means 'bridge' in Spanish

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The New York State Thruway Authority came to the Claremont School in Ossining where one student received a very special honor this morning.

"I'm very excited,” said Emily Alvarez, the student being honored. “And I never thought that this moment could happen."

Out of thousands of students from around the region, the Thruway Authority recognized Alvarez, a fourth-grader at the Claremont, for naming a falcon hatchling on the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Emily described how she thought up the name:
"Ms. Lockwood came in the room and said ‘We're going to be naming birds for the bridge,’ so I said ‘How about 'Bridge?' and she said ‘Well we want names in Spanish, because this is a dual language class,’ so I said ‘How about 'Puente'?’ and that's how I came up with the name."

Puente, which means 'bridge' in Spanish, was born on the Tappan Zee Bridge in mid-April.

Alvarez, along with the help of her fourth-grade STEM class teacher entered the name "Puente" for the falcon-naming contest.

After a weeklong online poll, the students found out their name had been chosen.

Mickey Lockwood, Emily’s STEM Teacher at Claremont, described the excitement around the selection:
"Emily picked Puente and the community came out and voted. And it was selected and we were excited to hear that Puente was the first of the two to babies to leave the nest. So they tagged him and he's out there and we're really excited."

The New York State Thruway Authority presented Emily with a certificate.

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