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

2ND PLACE: Timothy Noel-Sullivan, Bryce Lapane & Ben McGowan
Classical Magnet School, Hartford

3RD PLACE: Allison Finch & Alex Renna

Wamogo Regional High School, Litchfield 


Middle School Division Winners

1ST PLACE: Ryan Ptakowski, Marek Ptakowski and Dylan Kirk
New Fairfield Middle School, New Fairfield

2ND PLACE: Charlotte Vega, Brandon Kwok & Clayton Bruenn

Lincoln Middle School, Meriden

3RD PLACE: Madison Wilson and Zeel Patel
Washington Middle School, Meriden

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


To lead the continuous improvement of public education for all students by advocating public policy for children and by developing and supporting executive school leaders.



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