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CAPSS and CAS wanted to hear how middle and high school students would transform education.

Beginning September 8, 2014, they invited students from Connecticut to lend their voices to the educational debate. How can they thrive in the classroom? What changes would make it easier for them to learn and grow?

Student Voices in Education was an opportunity to share those ideas through creative and compelling videos and essays that make a case of educational transformation. Shown below are the contest winners.

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION WINNERS

1ST PLACE: Phoebe Herbert & Melissa Hanania  |  Jonathan Law High School, Milford
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2ND PLACE: Timothy Noel-Sullivan,  Bryce Lapane & Ben McGowan  |  Classical Magnet School, Hartford
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3RD PLACE: Allison Finch & Alex Renna  |  Wamogo Regional High School, Litchfield 
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MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION WINNERS

1ST PLACE: Ryan Ptakowski, Marek Ptakowski and Dylan Kirk  |  New Fairfield Middle School, New Fairfield
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2ND PLACE: Charlotte Vega, Brandon Kwok & Clayton Bruenn  |  Lincoln Middle School, Meriden
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3RD PLACE: Madison Wilson and Zeel  |  PatelWashington Middle School, Meriden
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ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

1ST PLACE:  John Diorio  |  Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield
2ND PLACE:  Maya Cromwell  |  Fairfield Warde High School, Fairfield
3RD PLACE:  Danielle Altchiler  |  Fairfield Warde High School, Fairfield
HONORABLE MENTION:  Maddy Baer  |  Fairfield Warde High School, Fairfield