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Greenwich HS Students Have the 'Write' Stuff

Nine GHS students have won several local, state and national essay-writing awards.

Greenwich HS Students Have the 'Write' Stuff

Nine students from Greenwich High School (GHS) have won local, state and national essay contest awards this year. 

The students participated in the essay contests as part of the We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Honors Civics, and AP Government and Comparative Politicscourses at GHS with teachers Aaron Hull and Megan Roby.

Aaron Hull said, “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."

Hull added, "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 analytical abilities and improve their writing and communication skills.”

The award-winning students are: 

Annika Bjerke: University of Connecticut Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, first place (2nd 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

Natalie Wallington: Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows 2013-2014 Quintin Johnstone Essay Contest, First Runner-Up (Megan Roby, contest coordinator)

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 2013-2014 Quintin Johnstone Essay Contest, First Place; Civics First Constitution Day Essay Contest, third place.

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