Kupchick honors sixth grade essay contest winners

State Representative Brenda Kupchick (R-132 Fairfield) held a ceremony at the Fairfield History Museum to honor sixth grade winners of her Sixth Annual Essay Contest on March 25.

All public and private schools with 6th grade students in the town of Fairfield 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.

Rep. Brenda Kupchick was joined by Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28), Pam Iacono, Fairfield RTM Moderator, JoAnn Sterling, from Fairfield County Bank and Sarah Lubarsky, of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

“The students’ essays were exceptional. It was a pleasure to recognize their achievement,” said Rep. Kupchick.  “I want to thank all of the students who participated in the contest, not only the winners, but all the students from each school who submitted some amazing work. I value giving young people the opportunity to learn about notable women in Connecticut’s history who’ve stood up to conventional attitudes to make a difference”.

Additionally, Tomlinson Principal Anthony Formato, Fairfield Woods Principal Gary Rosato , teacher Denise Pine from Fairfield Woods, Karen Louie teacher from Roger Ludlowe and Roger Ludlowe Assistant Principal Ian Banner also attended the essay contest ceremony.

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

The winners and runners up were:

Fairfield Woods Middle School

Jack Plesser “Ida Tarbell”

Katherine Gorski “Harriet Beecher Stowe”

Roger Ludlowe Middle School

Holly Smyth “Helen Keller”

Rosie Germain “Rebecca Lobo”

Tomlinson Middle School

Sarisha Selvaratnam “Emeline Roberts Jones”

Joel Thomas “Alice Paul”

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

James Cunningham “Rebecca Scalera”

Mia Cristodero “Alice Hamilton”

Rep. Kupchick thanked Gregory and Lori Peck of Spic and Span Market for donating the refreshments for the ceremony, Fairfield County Bank for sponsoring the students, Sarah Lubarsky from the CT Women’s Hall of Fame and the Fairfield Museum and History Center for hosting the ceremony.

Sarisha Selvaratam (Tomlinson student), Tomlinson Principal Anthony Formato, Joel Thomas (Tomlinson student), Jack Plesser (Fairfield Woods student), Gary Rosato (Principal Fairfield Woods),  Katherine Gorski (Fairfield Woods student), Denise Pine (teacher Fairfield Woods), James Cunningham (St. Thomas Aquinas student), Mia Cristodero (St. Thomas Aquinas student), Pam Iacono (RTM Moderator), Holly Smyth (Roger Ludlowe student),  Rosie Germain (Roger Ludlowe student), Karen Louie (Roger Ludlowe teacher),  Ian Banner (Roger Ludlowe Assistant Principal).

Sarisha Selvaratam (Tomlinson student), Tomlinson Principal Anthony Formato, Joel Thomas (Tomlinson student), Jack Plesser (Fairfield Woods student), Gary Rosato (Principal Fairfield Woods), Katherine Gorski (Fairfield Woods student), Denise Pine (teacher Fairfield Woods), James Cunningham (St. Thomas Aquinas student), Mia Cristodero (St. Thomas Aquinas student), Pam Iacono (RTM Moderator), Holly Smyth (Roger Ludlowe student), Rosie Germain (Roger Ludlowe student), Karen Louie (Roger Ludlowe teacher), Ian Banner (Roger Ludlowe Assistant Principal).

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