TRUMBULL– State Representatives Laura Devlin (R-134), David Rutigliano (R-123) and Ben McGorty (R-122) hosted their Fifth Annual House of Representatives Women’s History Month Essay Contest at the Trumbull Library on Saturday March 22nd.
In the spirit of March being Women’s History Month, sixth grade students from Trumbull schools submitted essays on the topic, Important Women in Connecticut’s History and How Their Contributions to the State and Nation Affect Me.”
Each student wrote a 300-word essay on the topic with the focus on one notable Connecticut woman, detailing her life and accomplishments and what those contributions mean to them. During the ceremony, the winning and runners up students read their winning essays to the audience, sharing what historic woman was important to them.
Rep. Devlin said, “I’d like to acknowledge all the students who participated in the contest, and congratulate all of our winners on their accomplishments. We’ve held this contest annually for several years now, and each year I continue to be impressed with the insight and ability of our students to present their thoughtful, well-crafted essays and I thank the students for their hard work.”
“This essay contest is always one of my favorite legislative events of the year. Trumbull students and teachers are so awesome; they embrace every learning opportunity, and do such a great job. These students are great representatives of the Town of Trumbull. I, along with Reps. Devlin, McGorty, are truly inspired by them,” said Rep. Rutigliano.
Rep. McGorty said, “Connecticut has had many strong women in our long history that have played important roles in business, sports, education and much more. All the students did a great job with their essays about Connecticut’s successful women and how they are important to them and our state. I hope the students learned that no matter your gender or race that you can be or do anything.”
Hillcrest Middle School
First Place: Paige Rudich (topic: Emily Dunning Barringer)
Second Place: Layla Chaves (topic: Helen Keller)
Madison Middle School
First place: Vanessa Maignan (topic: Anika Noni
Second place: Anne Codd (topic: Glenna Collett Vare)