Kupchick hosts essay contest


Fairfield sixth graders recently participated in state Rep. Barbara Kupchick’s Women’s History Month contest. The winners include, from left, (top row) Alex Kempton, Thomas Holz, Ian Cipollaro, (middle row) Maddie Heron, Claudine Salomoni, (front row) Peggy Hutchinson, Amy Cabanillas, Alanna Murphy and Kupchick.

Eight sixth grade students from Fairfield schools had the opportunity to share their winning essays on important women in American history at a ceremony at Pequot Library.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick sponsored the essay contest last month in honor of Women’s History Month. Kupchick partnered with Fairfield County Bank, Pequot Library and Lori & Greg Peck from Spic & Span Market. One winner and one runner-up were selected by each school.

Below is the list of the winners and the subject of their essays:

• Fairfield Woods Middle School: Alex Kempton, “Joan Joyce” and Grace Ludlow, “Adrianne Baughns-Wallace”

• Roger Ludlowe Middle School: Maddie Heron, “Prudence Crandall” and Thomas Holz, “Caroline Maria Hewins”

• St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School: Ian Cipollaro, “Victoria Soto” and Alanna Murphy, “A Courageous American Woman”

• Tomlinson Middle School: Amy Cabanillas, “Marian Anderson” and Peggy Hutchinson, “Ella Tambussi Grasso”

• Our Lady of the Assumption School: Claudine Salomoni, “Notable Achievements in the Life of Martha Minerva Franklin” and Matthew Carrera, “The Accomplished Life of Alice Hamilton”

“My hope for the contest was to provide an opportunity for students to learn more about women who stood against conventional attitudes and made a difference,” Kupchick said. “It was a pleasure to recognize the student’s great work and achievement. I want to thank all of the students who participated in the contest and the staff who worked with them. I was truly inspired by the students’ knowledge and creativity.”

Each winner received a $100 savings bond from Fairfield County Bank, and runners-up received a $50 bond. Students were recognized with official citations from the Connecticut General Assembly.

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