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Stratford Legislators Congratulate Student History Essay Contest Winners

State Sen. Kevin Kelly and State Rep. Laura Hoydick congratulate two of the student winners.
State Sen. Kevin Kelly and State Rep. Laura Hoydick congratulate two of the student winners. Photo Credit: Contributed

STRATFORD, Conn. – State Sen. Kevin Kelly and state Reps. Laura Hoydick and Ben McGorty recently joined The Milford Bank to honor student essay winners from Chapel Street Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Lordship Elementary, St. Mark’s Elementary, Nichols Elementary and Wilcoxson Elementary Schools in Stratford. 

The students participated in an essay contest, in which they wrote about important women in Connecticut’s history and how their contributions to the state and nation affected them. 

The contest – conducted during Women’s History Month in March – was open to all sixth-grade students in Stratford. The contest rules required students to compose a 300-word original essay. 

The winners by school were: 

  • Chapel Elementary School: Winner Brayden Morales, Runner-up Mariana Trovarelli.
  • Franklin Elementary School: Winner Yasmine Kamel, Runner-up Amanda Soares.
  • Lordship Elementary School: Winner Angelyna Upchurch, Runner-up Gianelee Cuevas.
  • St. Mark’s Elementary School: Winner Julia Sciallo, Runner-up Michael Sabados.
  • Nichols Elementary School: Winner Natalie Orris, Runner-up Julianna Taccogna.
  • Wilcoxson Elementary School: Winner Sydney Myers, Runner-up Elijah Alicea.
“It was great to see so many students participate in this event," Kelly said. "They really researched and identified with the subjects they chose and did a wonderful job. I would also like to thank the teachers and parents who are critical in the educational acheviments of our youth.”

“All of the students who entered this contest demonstrated great interest in, and significant research on their subjects," Hoydick said. "I congratulate these great students on their scholarship, and recognition of the important contributions of so many women in our state’s history.” 

“It’s clear that these students have a meaningful understanding of the important contributions made by women in our state’s history, and it is reflected in their interesting and well-written essays," McGorty said. "I offer my congratulations to all of the entrants, and the winners for their great work.” 

 “The Milford Bank is proud to support this essay contest," said Branch Manager Patricia Gallagher. "We are proud of the students who participated and impressed with their essays.”

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