Posted on June 21, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
Ms. Reilly Hedden, an 8th grader at Cornwall Consolidated School, has been named ‘State Representative for the Day’.
This past April I announced that I was hosting my inaugural 64th State House District Essay Contest. All 8th grade students in the district (Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, and Torrington) were invited to participate by writing a 300-word essay on the question, “Who is the public figure you feel best represents leadership and why?” Each student was to select a public figure (i.e. politician, athlete, actor, singer, etc.), detail their life and accomplishments, and explain why they exemplify leadership to them.
It’s always been so important to reach out to our youth and to make sure that they are included in as much of the civic processes as possible. As 8th graders, who will soon be moving on to high school, they are already exposed to so many world events and so many of them have started to develop valuable opinions on certain issues. These students are tomorrow’s leaders and we must be listening to what they have to say.