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Students From Stafford Middle School Joseph A. Foran High School in Milford Take Home Scholarships at CCM’s Annual Convention

Students From Stafford Middle School Joseph A. Foran High School in Milford Take Home Scholarships at CCM’s Annual Convention

For Immediate Release

Kevin Maloney (203) 710-3486

Four Connecticut public school students took home scholarships at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) Annual  Statewide Convention held at Foxwoods Resort on December 3-4. The #LoCoolGov scholarship contest asks middle school and high school students from around the state to think about the role of local government in the lives of residents.

The contest, which is sponsored by Post University, is open to all students attending a Connecticut public middle (grades 6-8) or high (grades 9-12) school. Participants must create their own original work themselves, but may get help from teachers, parents, or friends in the form of ideas. They may collaborate with peers and submit group projects of no more than three people (the scholarship would be split equally among each group member).

The CCM awards committee selected the two winning entries based on originality, creativity, and closeness to the theme, and the winners in each category are given a $1,000 scholarship. 

The winner from Middle School is Conor Forrest from Stafford Middle School who wrote an essay about Main Street, his favorite part of town. One event he highlighted is Trick or Treat on Main Street when the town closes down the road on the Saturday before Halloween letting kids walk up and down getting candy, hot chocolate, and ice cream. Little wonder he thinks this is so cool.

The high school #LoCoolGov award goes to a group from Joseph A. Foran High School in Milford: Maguire Casey, Barry Held and Kyle Pokornowski for their video LoCoolGov Rap #2. They green screened themselves in front of key locations and rhapsodized about the “super-duper” cool things they get to do in Milford, 365 days a year.

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“These are the kids that are going to have to fix all the things that Boomers and Gen X-ers have messed up over the years,” CCM’s Executive Director Joe DeLong said for a laugh at the presentation ceremony. “They’re the ones that are going to move us forward to a sustainable future.”

“We want to get these kids thinking about local government now,” DeLong continued, “so we can reap the benefits of their talents in the future.”

Here is the link to the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H25zP0pmW8E