Shelton Delegation Hosts “Women in Connecticut History” Essay Contest

March 29, 2012

Shelton – This week, six sixth-grade students from Shelton’s Perry Hill School had the opportunity to publicly share their winning essays on important women in Connecticut’s history at the Plumb Memorial Library. The Shelton legislative delegation sponsored the annual essay contest in conjunction with Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan, the Pequot Library and the principals, teachers, and students of Perry Hill School.

“The students did an excellent job studying and writing about significant contributions of women to Connecticut history,” said Senator Kelly. “The essays clearly enriched the students and demonstrated the quality education they received from their parents and teachers. I also thank the Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan for rewarding the students hard work.”

“The students have composed very impressive essays. It was a pleasure to recognize their great work and achievement,” said Rep. Jason Perillo. “I want to thank all of the students who participated in the contest, not just the winners, but all the students who submitted some very excellent work and the teachers who work with each student everyday.”

Three winning essays were selected and three runner-up essays were selected from the essays that were judged. Below is the list of winners and runners-up:

Courtney Litts
Lauren Pawlowski
Amy Tan

Katherine Daly
Ryan Rodko
Ivy Schmitendorf

“My hope for the contest was to provide an opportunity for young people to research and learn more about the women who have stood up against conventional attitudes and made a difference,” said Rep. Lawrence Miller said.

Pam Ellsworth, Branch Manager of Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan, said, “This was the second time that Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan has been asked to participate in the Essay Contest. It has been an honor and a pleasure for us to be asked. The winners should be very proud of themselves for writing and presenting their essays, they all did an awesome job!”

Tuesday night, over 50 parents, grandparents, school administrators, teachers, and members of the public gathered to recognize the students. Winners and runners-up each read their essay and received a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly and a gift from the Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan.