Kupchick awards winners of sixth grade essay contest

State Representative Brenda Kupchick (R-132) hosted a ceremony at the Pequot Library on Saturday, March 24 to honor the Fairfield sixth graders who won the essay contest she has sponsored for the community for the past seven years.

All public and private schools with 6th grade students in 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 participant was asked to research 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. Kupchick was joined by State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) as she presented the awards.

“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,” said Rep. Kupchick. “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.”

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 Pequot Library.

The winners and runners up were:

Fairfield Woods Middle School

  1. Michaela Day
  2. Kieran Day

Roger Ludlowe Middle School

  1. Annabel Woodworth
  2. Ella Casano

Tomlinson Middle School

  1. Alexa Papageorge
  2. Olive Campbell

Assumption Holy Family School

  1. Kira Jones
  2. Lorenzo Porzio

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 and the Fairfield Museum and History Center for hosting the ceremony.

State Representative Brenda Kupchick represents the 132nd district, which includes Fairfield and Southport. She is the Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Housing Committee and a member of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee and the General Law Committee.

Back row: Gary Rosato (principal at Fairfield Woods), Meg Tiley (principal at Roger Ludlowe), Steve Santoli (principal at Assumption), Rep. Kupchick, JoAnn Sterling (Fairfield County Bank), Sen. Hwang, and Anthony Formato (principal at Tomlinson). Front row: Kieran Day, Michaela Day (both Fairfield Woods), Kira Jones (Assumption), Alexa Papageorge (Tomlinson), Ella Casano (Roger Ludlowe), Annabel Woodworth (Roger Ludlowe), and Olive Campbell. Not pictured: Lorenzo Porzio.

Back row: Gary Rosato (principal at Fairfield Woods), Meg Tiley (principal at Roger Ludlowe), Steve Santoli (principal at Assumption), Rep. Kupchick, JoAnn Sterling (Fairfield County Bank), Sen. Hwang, and Anthony Formato (principal at Tomlinson). Front row: Kieran Day, Michaela Day (both Fairfield Woods), Kira Jones (Assumption), Alexa Papageorge (Tomlinson), Ella Casano (Roger Ludlowe), Annabel Woodworth (Roger Ludlowe), and Olive Campbell. Not pictured: Lorenzo Porzio.

Rep. Kupchick and Sen. Hwang present a state citation to essay contest winner from Assumption Holy Family School, Kira Jones

Rep. Kupchick and Sen. Hwang present a state citation to essay contest winner from Assumption Holy Family School, Kira Jones

Tomlinson Middle School student Alexa Papageorge reads her essay on Julie Chu at awards ceremony

Tomlinson Middle School student Alexa Papageorge reads her essay on Julie Chu at awards ceremony

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