Senator Witkos, Representative Simanski Host Essay Contest Ceremony in New Hartford

April 12, 2012
From left to right: Northwest Community Bank Branch Manager Carol Monroe, State Representative Bill Simanski, winner Adam Choquette, winner Lydia Dilulio, winner Fiona Quigley, State Senator Kevin Witkos and Northwest Community Bank Vice President Gayle Moraski.

From left to right: Northwest Community Bank Branch Manager Carol Monroe, State Representative Bill Simanski, winner Adam Choquette, winner Lydia Dilulio, winner Fiona Quigley, State Senator Kevin Witkos and Northwest Community Bank Vice President Gayle Moraski.

New Hartford – State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8) and State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) hosted an essay contest ceremony with sixth grade students from the Ann Antolini School at the Beekley Community Library on Monday, April 9th. The event was hosted in partnership with Northwest Community Bank which presented awards for the winning and runner-up essays.

“I am so impressed by the hard work that Ann Antolini students put into writing their essays,” said State Senator Kevin Witkos. “It is important for our children to consider how public service can make our community a better place, and this contest accomplished this goal. I congratulate the winners and runners-up and look forward to supporting future educational events.”

Four winning essays and three runner-up essays were selected among the essays that were submitted by students from Ann Antolini School. The topic was “If You Were an Elected Official, How Would You Make Your Community a Better Place to Live?” Below is a list of the winners and runners-up:

Winners
Adam Choquette
Lydia Dilulio
Tatiana Mattera
Fiona Quigley

Runners-Up
Alexandria Artruc
Tyler Kreh
Will Tellier

“The students that participated in the essay contest are all incredibly intelligent and wrote about some interesting and original ideas,” said State Representative Bill Simanski. “I am always heartened to see young people with such a keen interest in their community. I can’t congratulate these students enough for the work they did on these essays and I think the Connecticut state legislature should adopt some of their ideas.”

“I want to congratulate each of you students on writing essays that include improving your community,” said Gayle Moraski, Vice President of Northwest Community Bank. “As you know ‘Community’ is our middle name and we are extremely proud to support this essay contest and look forward to supporting other community initiatives in the future.”

At the event, winners and runners-up each read their essay and received a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly. Northwest Community Bank also generously presented Barnes & Noble gift cards to each of the students in the amounts of $50 for the winners and $25 for the runners-up.

Adam Choquette wrote about how important a strong leader is to a community. As Mayor, he would encourage higher voter turnout and more participation in government to ensure we put the right people in office. He would also focus on community preservation to giver others the chance to enjoy places like Jones’ Mountain and Brown’s Corner. Lastly, he would work to maintain the quality public education system in New Hartford.

Lydia Dilulio discussed some goals she would set if elected Mayor. She would focus on bringing the community together by holding more free public events. Some of her ideas include healthy cooking classes, book clubs, biking and other activities that promote health and happiness.

Tatiana Mattera wrote about creative ideas, including plans to reduce gas prices, expand resources for the homeless and provide employment assistance.

Fiona Quigley discussed how tempting it would be to use her power as Mayor to implement policies like “no school on Friday” and “free candy for everyone,” but having given it serious thought, she would use her position to serve the entire community rather than just the students. Her ideas include increasing funding for public education, nursing homes and non-profits, and cleaning up the parks, trails and playgrounds.

Alexandra Artruc wrote about focusing on job creation as Mayor. She knows there is a lack of jobs in many fields today and people are struggling to meet their monthly expenses. Getting people back to work would help get our economy back on track.

Tyler Kreh discussed his idea for “The New Hartford Plan” that he would implement if elected Mayor. This policy would encourage economic development by attracting new businesses to town. He also has some great ideas for community events to bring together in a social setting.

Will Tellier would focus on maintaining a safe and beautiful community. He would have volunteer organizations meet monthly to pick up litter, tree limbs and other debris.

The students were joined by their parents, grandparents, school administrators, teachers and members of the public who gathered to recognize their accomplishments.

Northwest Community Bank has served the needs of customers and businesses for over 150 years. Its headquarters is located in Winsted with additional branches in Avon, East Granby, Granby, New Hartford, Torrington and Winsted. For more information, please visit their website at www.nwcommunitybank.com.

Ann Antolini School is a public elementary school serving grades three through six. For more information, please visit their website at www.newhtfd.org/aas.