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For the 2013 Secretary of the State’s annual poster contest, Secretary Merrill honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community. Contributed photo.

For the 2013 Secretary of the State’s annual poster contest, Secretary Merrill (last row, far right) honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community. Contributed photo.

Press Release

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill joined dozens of 4th graders from across Connecticut on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in the Old Judiciary Room at the State Capitol in Hartford for an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Secretary of the State’s 18th annual poster contest.

Secretary Merrill honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community.

You can view the winning posters at this link .

“I always encouraged my own children to explore their imaginations, so it was wonderful to see young students from across Connecticut engage with their creativity, and produce beautiful posters,” said Secretary Merrill, Connecticut’s chief elections official.

“It was far from easy to select the top three posters from each of the five Congressional districts; all entries were unique and expressive. But, I am so thrilled to have the award-winning pieces displayed in the Capitol building. Our young people can be an inspiration for what good citizenship looks like,” she said.

The top five posters came from students in the following elementary schools: Wolcott Elementary School in West Hartford, Haddam Elementary School, Francis E. Korn Elementary School in Durham, Wolfpit Elementary School in Norwalk and Carrington Elementary School in Waterbury.

“The theme of the contest is ‘Good Citizenship Happening in Our Community.’ This contest motivated students to look within their communities and see the democracy occurring in their towns,” said Secretary Merrill.

“By making children aware of these opportunities within their community at a young age, we can only hope that it encourages the next generation of Connecticut leaders to demonstrate how to get involved in their local community and give back to their city or town. This is how we start civic engagement,” Merrill said.

Five winning posters were selected from divisions established by the Office of the Secretary of the State.

Each division consisted of a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner, along with two students who received honorable mention.

Every student honored at Thursday’s event received a certificate of recognition, and gift certificate from Barnes & Noble bookstore.

This poster in the annual contest hosted by the CT Secretary of the State's Office was created by fourth-grader Sofia Romeo. Contributed photo.

This poster in the annual contest hosted by the CT Secretary of the State’s Office was created by fourth-grader Sofia Romeo. Contributed photo.

The winning posters

1st Place Winners:

Chandni & Chloe Nollet, Wolcott Elementary School, West Hartford

Meara Bodak, Haddam Elementary School, Higganum

Brandon Tang, Francis E. Korn Elementary School, Durham

Daniel Norena, Wolfpit Elementary School, Norwalk

Kevin Lush & Justin Vo, Carrington Elementary School, Waterbury

2nd Place Winners:

Sam Hedlund & Jack Dufresne, Martin Elementary School, Manchester

Emma Braithwaite & Julie Morris, Putnam Elementary School, Putnam

Teal Graziano, Grove J. Tuttle School, East Haven

Tessa Neilsen, Wolfpit Elemetary School, Norwalk

Viola Flowers & Jillian Boland, BW Tinker School, Waterbury

3rd Place Winners:

Joelle Brown & Braxton Palmer, Montessori Magnet: CREC, Hartford

Sofia Romeo, Annie E. Vinton School, Mansfield

Chace Brennan, Washington Elementary School, West Haven

Anastasia Mardovina, Mill Hill Elementary School, Fairfield

Tasha Jaworski & Kristine Tita, James Morris School, Morris

Honorable Mention Winners:

Leah Bieu & Annabelle Watson, Martin Elementary School, Manchester

Lissandra Diaz Olea & Sarah Jaquith, Annie E. Vinton School, Mansfield

Laura Lacasse, Annie E. Vinton School, Mansfield

Abigail Trautner & Erika Schevling, Bear Path Elementary School, Hamden

Sofia Zavatone-Veth, Spring Glen Elementary School, Hamden

Grace Callanan & Grace Shawah, Fawn Hollow Elementary School, Monroe

Gabrielle Picon & Lauren Davis, Fawn Hollow Elementary School, Monroe

Tabitha Baker, Wolfpit Elementary School, Norwalk

Alexandra Castro & Molly Bomann, Daniels Farm School, Trumbull

Anais Valenzuela, Washington Elementary, Waterbury

Kyan Konareski & Jennifer O’Connor, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School,

Waterbury

Posted May 16, 2013

Related link: Winning posters http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/lib/sots/education/2013programs/website-poster_winners.pdf

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