Kupchick honors essay contest winners


State Rep. Brenda Kupchick recently recognized the winners and runners-up of the sixth grade essay contest. Shown with the students from left are Paul Fattibene, Board of Education vice chairman; Jessica Gerber, BOE secretary; JoAnn Sterling, Fairfield County Bank; Meg Tiley, Roger Ludlowe Middle School principal; Gary Rosato, Fairfield Woods Middle School principal; and Kupchick.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick held a ceremony at the Pequot Library to honor sixth grade winners of her fourth annual essay contest on March 29.

All sixth graders in Fairfield public and private schools were invited to participate in the National Women’s History Month contest by writing a 300-word essay on the topic, “Important Women in Connecticut’s History and How Their Contributions to the State and Nation Affect Me.”

Each student was asked to focus on one notable Connecticut woman, detailing her life and accomplishments and what those accomplishments mean to them. The students read their essays and received an official state citation from the Connecticut General Assembly and a check from Fairfield County bank.

“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.”

One winner and a runner-up was chosen by each school and were invited along with their family members and school staff to a Saturday ceremony at the Pequot Library.

The winners and runners-up were:

Fairfield Woods Middle School: Jenna Wright, “Accomplishing the Impossible” and Oliver Kleinberg, “Carolyn M. Mazure;”

Roger Ludlowe Middle School: Hannah Samson “Dorothy Hamill” Laurel Murphy “Harriet Beecher Stowe”

Tomlinson Middle School: Maggie Hunter, “Harriet Beecher Stowe;” Caroline Gleason, “Kaitlin Roig-Bebellis;” and Sana Jan Mohammad, “How Susan Saint James Made a Contribution to the State and How it Affects Me”

Our Lady Of The Assumption School:

Savannah Adolphe, “Ella Tambussi Grasso: A Life of Determination and Strength” and Sal Orosz, “Ella Grasso: A Historical Leader”

Spic and Span Market donated the refreshments for the ceremony and Fairfield County Bank sponsored the event.

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