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.
2019 Middle School Winner back to top
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- All work must be original.
- One submission per person/group.
- Essays/poems must be limited to 500 words.
- 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.
- Videos must be limited to 2 minutes.
- 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.
- Winning entries must be able to be transported to Foxwoods Resort on December 3, 2019.
- Entry should have the full name of participating students attached to submission for identification purposes.
- Any submission received by mail/in person will not be returned.
- Entrants must complete the Official Contest Entry Form in its entirety.
All entries are due by Friday, October 18, 2019.
The CCM awards committee will choose the winners based on the following:
- Closeness to the theme
The winning submissions* will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship presented at CCM’s Annual Meeting and Dinner during our Convention on December 3, 2019, along with an overnight stay at Foxwoods Resort for the winner(s) and their parents that evening.
Winners will be notified by November 8, 2019.
*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
Complete the official entry form and send it along with your entry.
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to use #LoCoolGov in your subject line.
Attn. Abby Heinemeyer
545 Long Wharf Drive, 8th Floor
New Haven, CT 06511
If you have any questions, email email@example.com or call 203-498-3037.