Senator McLachlan Names Finalists In “Women’s History Month Essay Contest”

March 28, 2009

Sixth Graders Recognized In 24th Senatorial District Student Essay Contest

Senator Michael McLachlan (R-24) today announced the finalists in the first annual “National Women’s History Month Essay Contest” that he created for sixth grade students in the 24th Senatorial District.

Senator McLachlan was joined by John Kline, president of Union Savings Bank of Danbury.

The top winners were presented with official citations and U.S. Savings Bonds during a special ceremony held on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Danbury Library. The U.S. Savings Bonds were donated by Union Savings Bank in Danbury. A total of 12 students were recognized for their entries, 300-word essays on the topic “Important Women in Connecticut’s History and How Their Contributions to the State and Nation Affect Me.” Each contest participant wrote an essay focusing on one notable Connecticut woman’s life and accomplishments, and what her contributions mean to them. Sixth grade teachers in Danbury, Bethel, New Fairfield and Sherman were invited to have their students participate.

“I am so impressed by the ability of these young people to describe their impressions of the women who play, or historically played, such important roles in our state. As far as I am concerned, they are all winners for taking the time to learn about a notable Connecticut woman and make the effort to participate in this contest. It is my hope that everyone who wrote an essay learned something valuable that will serve them well as they continue their studies in school,” said Senator McLachlan.

Senator McLachlan said he established the essay contest to honor the Connecticut women who
“broke down barriers for generations of women across the nation and throughout the world with their leadership and determination,” and to encourage the state’s school children to learn more about them. Judging and selection of winners was left to the discretion of participating school districts.

Sixth-grade students recognized for the entries in the essay contest are:

  • Bethel Middle School: Madeline Kroot, 1st place / Paris Wyard, runner-up
  • Exploration Academy/Rogers Park Middle School, Danbury: Laura Marsico, 1st Place / Sara Barber, runner-up
  • St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury: Charlotte Blain, 1st place / Nicholas Hatcher, runner-up
  • St. Peter – Sacred Heart School, Danbury: Katie Franqueira, 1st place / Alexa Kozlowski, runner-up
  • St. Joseph School, Danbury: Michelle Leppla, 1st place / David Farina, runner-up
  • Sherman School, Sherman: Kierstyn Raines, 1st place / Molly Fitzpatrick, runner- up