Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D – Berlin/Southington) recently recognized six local students from Berlin and Southington who participated in an essay contest sponsored by the state lawmaker.
Middle and high school students from Berlin and Southington submitted essays describing their favorite place in their community and why it is significant to them. A winner and two runners-up were selected from each town.
Sophia Dumas, a sophomore at Berlin High School, was Berlin’s first place winner for her essay about American Legion Post 68, where a 1943 U.S deck gun sits. With both of Dumas’ grandfathers being veterans, the memorial represents her and her family's appreciation for veterans and signifies her pride in the town of Berlin and our country.
Southington’s first place winner was Laurene Diana, a seventh grade student at Depaolo Middle School. Diana’s essay highlighted Southington’s Dog Park and its ability to bring community members together, and off their electronic devices, while their dogs are able to get the exercise they need.
Other finalists include Berlin’s first runner-up Amelia Andruskiewicz, a seventh grade student who wrote about Dairy Queen. Berlin’s second runner-up, Paris Lange, an eighth grade student, wrote about the Berlin High School track.
Southington’s first runner-up Ava Egan, a seventh grade student, wrote about Panthorn Park. Southington’s second runner-up, Michael Lester, a seventh grade student, wrote about Veterans Memorial Park.
All top entry winners will receive official citations from the Connecticut General Assembly.