Voting Now Open for CAPSS & CAS 3rd Annual Student Voices Video Contest

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The public is invited to cast a vote for their favorite video entries until May 8, 2015.

The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) and The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) today announced that public voting is now open for the finalists in the 3rd Annual Student Voices Video Contest. This past fall, CAPSS and CAS launched the contest for the third consecutive year and received dozens of thoughtful video entries. Prior to entering the voting phase, a distinguished panel of judges including educational and community leaders evaluated each of the video entries and selected the finalists.

The public is invited to cast a vote for their favorite video entries until May 8, 2015.

CAPSS and CAS partnered for the campaign in an effort to engage students across Connecticut in grades 6-12 in developing videos and essays (high school division only) that inspire their peers, educators, administrators and policy makers to think about education differently.

“We are pleased with the incredibly positive response the Student Voices contest received in its third year,” said Joseph J. Cirasuolo, Ed.D., executive director, CAPSS. “We’ve received several reflective and resourceful submissions and look forward to seeing which video captures the public’s attention.”

The judges rated all video entries against the following four criteria—content clarity, critical thinking, creativity and production.

The finalists in the high school division include:

  •     Timothy Noel-Sullivan, Bryce Lapane and Ben McGowan from Classical Magnet School in Hartford;
  •     Allison Finch and Alex Renna from Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield; and,
  •     Phoebe Herbert and Melissa Hanania from Jonathan Law High School in Milford.

The finalists in the middle school division include:

  •     Madison Wilson and Zeel Patel from Washington Middle School in Meriden;
  •     Ryan Ptakowski, Marek Ptakowski and Dylan Kirk from New Fairfield Middle School in New Fairfield;
  •     Charlotte Vega, Brandon Kwok and Clayton Bruenn from Lincoln Middle School in Meriden;
  •     Emma Tilford and Kelly Tito from Bethel Middle School in Bethel;
  •     Lauren Pruner and Madison Meenan from Bethel Middle School in Bethel;
  •     Courtney Tarrant and Emma Wooters from Bethel Middle School in Bethel;
  •     Victoria Pham and Tram Nguyen from Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford;
  •     Kelly Ahern and Anais Salcedo from Bethel Middle School in Bethel; and,
  •     Bennett LaBree and Tristan Cahill from Bethel Middle School in Bethel.

The top video entries as voted by the judges are now posted on http://www.ctstudentvoices.com where the public can help decide the winners. Following the public voting round, which is open until May 8, 2015, first, second and third place winners will be named in the middle and high school divisions. The winners will be determined based on a combination of the judges’ scores and public votes. Essay contest winners, which will be selected exclusively by a panel of judges, will also be announced on May 8, 2015.

The ‘Student Voices’ video contest was inspired by the CT NextEd Report, which provides a robust set of practical recommendations for how to reimagine Connecticut’s educational system.

To cast a vote in the ‘Student Voices’ contest, visit: http://www.ctstudentvoices.com.

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About The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS):
The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), based in West Hartford, CT, has been the voice of superintendents of schools in Connecticut for 104 years. The mission of CAPSS is 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. To learn more, visit http://www.capss.org.

About The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS):
The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), located in Cheshire, CT, is an organization working to strengthen elementary and secondary education and athletics (CIAC) in Connecticut. Through leadership, administrative, and professional development services, CAS works to serve the collective interests and needs of Connecticut educators. CAS's mission is to provide exemplary programs and services that promote excellence in the education of all children. To learn more, visit http://www.casciac.org.

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