CAPSS & CAS Announce Winners in 3rd Annual ‘Student Voices’ Video Contest

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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.

The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) and The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) today announced the winners of 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. A distinguished panel of judges including educational and community leaders evaluated each of the video entries and selected the finalists, who were then put to public vote.

Ranking among the top three in the high school division, are:

1st place: Phoebe Herbert and Melissa Hanania from Jonathan Law High School in Milford
2nd place: Timothy Noel-Sullivan, Bryce Lapane and Ben McGowan from Classical Magnet School in Hartford
3rd place: Allison Finch and Alex Renna from Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield

Ranking among the top three in the middle school division, are:

1st place: Ryan Ptakowski, Marek Ptakowski and Dylan Kirk from New Fairfield Middle School in New Fairfield
2nd place: Charlotte Vega, Brandon Kwok and Clayton Bruenn from Lincoln Middle School in Meriden
3rd place: Madison Wilson and Zeel Patel from Washington Middle School in Meriden

The winners were determined based on a combination of the judges’ scores and public votes.

“We received a terrific assortment of creative and compelling video entries this year,” said Joseph J. Cirasuolo, Ed.D., Executive Director, CAPSS. “We’re pleased to recognize this incredible group of students whose entries ranked among this year’s top submissions, and thank them for their inspiring recommendations for improving learning.”

“It is essential for students to participate in conversations about their schools, their education and the solutions needed to make all Connecticut schools the best they can be,” said Jennifer Buckley, Assistant Director of Student Activities, CAS. “The student videos were creative and thought-provoking. Their work will inform and inspire meaningful conversations and reinvigorate ongoing efforts to make all of our schools work for all of our kids. Once again we see young people are engaged and making important contributions to the educational debate.”

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.

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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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