Sen. McLachlan Hosts National Women’s History Month Essay Contest

April 14, 2010

Senator McLachlan and Union Savings Bank recognize winning essayists

State Senator Michael McLachlan (R-Danbury) Tuesday evening, April 12th, hosted the National Women’s History Month Essay Contest Awards Ceremony at the Danbury Public Library. Five elementary schools from Danbury and one from Sherman participated in the contest. Winners and runners-up from each school were recognized at the ceremony and given the opportunity to publicly share their essays.

“The young people did a great job,” said Sen. McLachlan. “I was very impressed by the quality of their essays and their ability to speak publically in front of a large audience. Public speaking is always difficult, but these students all did a fantastic job. I am looking forward to hosting an essay contest again next year. Encouraging our young people to be effective communicators both in writing and verbally is a very important aspect of their education and I was happy to host this great event. I also want to thank Union Savings Bank in Danbury for donating the prizes. Without their generosity, this event would not have been possible.”

Sixth-grade students from each public and parochial elementary school in the area were invited to participate in the National Women’s History Month Essay Contest by submitting an essay about a woman of influence. Prizes for the winner and runner-up from each school were generously donated by Danbury’s Union Savings Bank.

“Union Savings Bank is a strong supporter of youth programs, education and the arts throughout western Connecticut,” said John C. Kline, President & CEO of Union Savings Bank. “An event like Sen. McLachlan’s Essay Contest, celebrating Women’s History month, brings area schools, students, teachers and parents together in a collaborative effort that encourages kids to research and write about important and inspiring Connecticut women. We’re proud to support the contest and congratulate the winners and runners-up for their very thoughtful efforts.”

The list of winners and runners-up are as follows: Broadview Middle School: Misbah Aziz, Runner-up, Rahul Malayappan, Winner; Rogers Park Middle School: Khushil Rana, Runner-up, Annie Smierciak, Winner; Sherman School: Elizabeth Amory, Runner-up, Kelly Quinn, Winner; St. Gregory the Great School: Savannah Putnam, Runner-up, John Cerrone, Winner; St. Joseph School: Cindy Pena, Runner-up, Pamela Cruz, Winner; St. Peter-Sacred Heart School: Sarah Eriksson, Winner