Sen. Kelly Honors Student Essay Contest Winners in Shelton

June 15, 2022

Shelton students awarded for Women’s History Month essays  

Senator Kevin Kelly joins four Shelton Women’s History Month essay contest winners from Holy Trinity Catholic Academy and Perry Hill School at the Shelton Community Center on June 14, 2022. From left to right, Matthew MacDaniel, Anastasia Bazile, Senator Kevin Kelly, Amanda Johnson, and Emma Boucher.

SHELTON – On Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) recognized the student winners of the Women’s History Month Essay Contest hosted by the senator at a ceremony at the Shelton Community Center. The 6th grade students from Holy Trinity Catholic Academy and Perry Hill School were presented with citations on Tuesday, June 14 at the community center, where they were joined by family members and read their winning essays.


The students wrote essays on the topic of “Important Women in Connecticut’s History and How Their Contributions to the State and Nation Affect Me,” and submitted the essays ahead of Women’s History Month this past March.


Four winning students were selected from Holy Trinity Catholic Academy and Perry Hill School.


“I am so impressed by the hard work of these students,” said Sen. Kelly. “Each of these young writers who participated did a great job researching the history of many impactful women in our state and sharing their stories with us all. Listening to Amanda, Matthew, Anastasia, and Emma read their winning essays surrounded by their family members was a wonderful way to celebrate their hard work, as well as honor the accomplished women they wrote about.”



  • Amanda Johnson, Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Essay subject: Helen Keller, American author, disability rights advocate, and political activist.


  • Matthew MacDaniel, Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Essay subject: Kristen Geist, Army Ranger


  • Anastasia Bazile, Perry Hill School, Essay subject: Barbara McClintock, American Scientist


  • Emma Boucher, Perry Hill School, Essay subject: Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author and abolitionist



Sen. Kelly added, “I also want to thank all the students for participating, their families for their support, and their teachers and principals including Holy Trinity Catholic Academy Head of School Lisa Lanni and Teacher Jean Feige, and Perry Hill School Principal Donna DiBenedetto and Teacher Christine Pavone.”