Greenwich High Students Earn Essay-Writing Honors

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Nine students from Greenwich High School won local, state and national essay contest awards during the 2013-14 school year.
Nine students from Greenwich High School won local, state and national essay contest awards during the 2013-14 school year. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. – Nine students from Greenwich High School won local, state and national essay contest awards during the 2013-14 school year.

The essay contests were part of the We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Honors Civics and AP Government and Comparative Politics courses at Greenwich High, taught by Aaron Hull and Megan Roby.

“The outside juried process of the essay competitions gives the students an opportunity to engage in multiple modalities of the Vision of the Graduate – pose and pursue substantive questions; communicate effectively for a given purpose; critically interpret, evaluate and synthesize information; and advocate for ideas, causes and actions – to name a few,” said Hull.

“The advantages of engaging, through research and writing, with members of the community locally and nationally are profound. I am incredibly proud of our students who take on these challenges to hone their analytic abilities and improve their writing and communication skills,” he said.

The contest winners are:

  • Natalie Wallington – Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows 2013-14 Quintin Johnstone Essay Contest, First Runner-Up
  • Carmen Collins – The Constitutional Walking Tour Essay Contest, National First Place Winner, High School
  • Uma Ramesh – Civics First Constitution Day Essay Contest, First Place
  • Spencer Matonis – University of Connecticut Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, First Place; United States Institute for Peace Essay Contest, Honorable Mention, State of Connecticut
  • Colleen Bennett – Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows 2013-14 Quintin Johnstone Essay Contest, First Place; Civics First Constitution Day Essay Contest, Third Place
  • Annika Bjerke – University of Connecticut Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, First Place (second year in a row) Town of Greenwich Affirmative Action Advisory Committee Essay Contest, Honorable Mention
  • Valentina Ruiz-Jimenez – Civics First Constitution Day Essay Contest, Second Place; Town of Greenwich Affirmative Action Advisory Committee Essay Contest, First Place
  • Kiana Comizio – Connecticut Foundation for Open Government Essay Contest, Third Place
  • Lindsay Pecora – Connecticut Foundation for Open Government Essay Contest, Honorable Mention
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