House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D – Berlin/Southington) recognized six middle school students from Berlin and Southington for being the top participants in an essay contest sponsored by the state lawmaker.
In April, Aresimowicz asked middle school students from his two towns to submit essays describing one project or initiative that would help improve their community. A winner and two runner-ups were selected from each community.
“I started this contest to inspire students to share their ideas and get involved in the community, so it was thrilling to receive more than 100 essays from students this year,” Aresimowicz said in a press release. “All of the ideas that the students wrote about were great, so it was difficult to narrow it down to just a few top entries.”
Southington’s first place winner was Megan Wadman, who will be entering the seventh grade at Kennedy Middle School. Wadman wants to start a blight committee in Southington where volunteers can clean and fix up different areas of the town that need it most.
Kennedy Middle School students Anneliese Baillargeon and Griffin Prushinski, were the other finalists from Southington. Their essays also included ideas for different initiatives to help keep the town clean.
“I wanted to engage the students and help them understand that one idea can really make a difference. Since the top winners in each town had similar ideas, my hope is that they can work together to put their ideas into action,” Aresimowicz said in the release. “We have already begun discussions with the Senior Center in Berlin and the town of Southington to implement these ideas.”
Aresimowicz invited the top entry winners and their families to the state capitol in Hartford for lunch and a private tour of the capitol. The students were able to speak with Aresimowicz about their ideas and were presented with official citations from the General Assembly.