CCM’s first-ever statewide student contest posed the question: What is cool about your local government? More than 100 middle and high school students responded with winners from Milford and South Windsor

CCM’s first-ever statewide student contest posed the question: What is cool about your local government?  More than 100 middle and high school students responded  with winners from Milford and South Windsor

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The first-ever statewide student contest spearheaded by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) that posed the compelling question ─ What is cool about your local government? ─ saw more than 100 submissions by public school students from Connecticut middle and high schools across the state.  

For the first-ever #LoCoolGov Youth Scholarship Contest, CCM put out the call to students to submit an essay, poem, photo, video, painting, multimedia project, or any other medium they liked, including three dimensional, that paints a vivid picture of what makes local government cool! The bottom line was to have fun and be creative.

The 2017 statewide winners were:

Jeremy Queinoz, Grade 8, East Shore Middle School in Milford, for his submission: a painting titled, “Local Governments Help.”

Jackson Reed, Owen Pelletier, and Ali Martin, Grade 12, South Windsor High School, for their submission: a video titled, “Why South Windsor is the most invested in its youth.”

All entries were due by the end of October and a panel of impartial judges determined the winners. The winners were awarded a $500 scholarship that was presented at CCM’s Annual Meeting & Dinner during the CCM Convention on November 28, along with an overnight stay at Foxwoods Resort for the winners and their parents that evening. 

“High school and middle school students across Connecticut told us in their most creative way what is cool about local government,” said Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director. “The future of government ─ local, state, and federal ─ lies in today’s students. We want to help inspire intrigue and civic engagement in local government by offering an opportunity for CCM to hear from the voices of Connecticut students about what they think is cool about their own Connecticut municipal government.”

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The contest was open to all students attending the municipality’s public middle and high schools. Participants needed to create their own original work themselves, but could get help from teachers, parents, or friends in the form of ideas. They could collaborate with peers and submit group projects of no more than three people. 

The CCM awards committee chose the winners based on the following: closeness to the theme, originality, and creativity.

The following prompts were provided to the students to help get them started:

  1. Do you know anyone that works in local government that you could speak to on the topic?
  2. What excites you about your town?
  3. What services do you like that your local government provides? (Club sports, theater, parks, fairs and festivals, parades, etc.)
  4. What is your favorite place in your town?
  5. What suggestions do you have to make your government cooler? What services do you wish your town provided?