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CCM is actively trying to engage Connecticut's youth. CCM is the state’s largest, nonpartisan organization of municipal leaders, representing all of CT’s 169 town and cities, including yours! We work together with your town/city to improve your life and the lives of your friends, family, and neighbors. CCM wants to hear your voice! As we work to make your life better, we want to ask you about your local town/city.


Contest Overview back to top

Think about the question what is cool about local government?

Create an entry using this as the central question and general theme. Have fun, and be creative with this project! You may choose to submit an essay, poem, photo, video, painting, multimedia project, or any other medium you find appropriate. Images of 3 dimensional art will be accepted.

2020 Middle School Winner back to top

2020 Middle School Winner

Katherine Pando Lalvay, Grade 8, Broadview Middle School in Danbury, won for her submission, a slideshow titled "Danbury is My Home".

2020 High School Winner back to top

2020 High School Winner

Victoria Dabrowski, Grade 9, Southington High School won for her submission, a dress entitled "The Spirit of Southington".

2019 Middle School Winner back to top

2019 Middle School Winner

Conor Forrest, Grade 6, Stafford Middle School, won for his submission: an essay titled, “Main Street is My Favorite Place in Town.”

2019 High School Winner(s) back to top

2019 High School Winner(s)

Maguire Casey, Barry Held, and Kyle Pokornowski, Grade 10, Joseph A. Foran High School, won for their submission: a rap titled, “LoCoolGov Rap #2.”

2018 Middle School Winner back to top

2018 Middle School Winner

Mallory Doyle, Grade 8, Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, won for her submission: an essay titled, “The Vision to See, Faith to Believe, Courage to Do.”

2018 High School Winner back to top

2018 High School Winner

Archisa Jaiswal, Grade 11, Rocky Hill High School, won for her submission: a video titled, “Why is Rocky Hill a Great Town?”

2017 Middle School Winner back to top

2017 Middle School Winner

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

2017 High School Winner(s) back to top

2017 High School Winner(s)

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

Helpful Tips back to top

Here are some ideas to help you get started:

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

Contest Information back to top

Who Can Enter:
The contest is open to all Connecticut public middle (grades 6-8) or high (grades 9-12) school students. They may collaborate with peers and submit group projects of no more than 3 people.

Entry Rules:

  1. All work must be original.
  2. One submission per person/group.
  3. Essays/poems must be limited to 500 words.
  4. Photos must meet the following resolution requirements: JPEG or JPG format and at least 1600 pixels wide (if horizontal) or 1600 pixels tall (if vertical) or be a quality 8x10 print.
  5. Videos must be limited to 2 minutes.
  6. If submitting an original three-dimensional work of art, you may opt to submit images of the art for consideration. However, the original piece must be available upon request.
  7. Winning entries must be able to be transported to Post University at a date to be determined.
  8. Entry should have the full name of participating students attached to submission for identification purposes.
  9. Any submission received by mail/in person will not be returned.
  10. Entrants must complete the Official Contest Entry Form in its entirety.

All entries are due by Friday, October 23, 2020.

The CCM awards committee will choose the winners based on the following:

  • Closeness to the theme
  • Originality
  • Creativity

The winning submissions* will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship presented at at Post University and aired during CCM’s Virtual Convention on December 1-3, 2020. 

Winners will be notified by November 13, 2020.

*Prize will be split equally among each group member should a group entry win. One high school and one middle school submission will be selected.

How to Enter back to top

How to Enter

Complete the official entry form and send it along with your entry.

By Email:
Be sure to use #LoCoolGov in your subject line.

By Mail:
Attn. Beth Scanlon
545 Long Wharf Drive, 8th Floor
New Haven, CT 06511

If you have any questions, email or call 203-946-3782.