10th ANNUAL CONNECTICUT ESSAY
CONTEST WINNERS HONORED AT MARK TWAIN MUSEUM CENTER
State's Student Ambassadors
of Tourism Name Burr Pond, Yale University, Bigelow Hollow Among Their Favorite
Places to Visit
(Hartford, CT) - May 25, 2004 - The results are
in from fourth graders in Connecticut! Their favorite places to visit in 2004
are: The Silvermine Tavern (Norwalk), Mianus River Park (Greenwich/Stamford),
Bigelow Hollow (Union), Quassy Amusement Park (Middlebury), and Yale University
According to the five top winners in this year's
Connecticut Essay Contest, these are the most fun, peaceful and inspiring places
in the state. According to the contest judges, they are the places best
expressed by young writers in Connecticut today.
During an awards ceremony at the Mark Twain
Museum Center today, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and the
Office of the Secretary of the State recognized 25 fourth graders for their
writing skills in this year's 10th Annual Connecticut Essay Contest.
Co-sponsored by the two agencies, the contest
challenged fourth grade students from elementary schools statewide to explore
and report on unique or favorite places to visit in Connecticut. The ceremony
also featured an appearance by guest author and First Lady Patricia Rowland,
whose children's book, Marvelous Max, The Mansion Mouse, was recently published.
The book, illustrated by Wendy Rasmussen, is about the adventures and new found
friendship between Max and a young boy named Tim, during moving-in day at the
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and
Jennifer Aniskovich, Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture
and Tourism, recognized the winners. Students statewide submitted essays on the
topic: Describe your favorite place in Connecticut, and why you would
recommend it to a visitor.
"The annual essay contest is an excellent
way for students to put their thoughts in writing and share their discoveries
about Connecticut's great cultural and tourism activities with others,"
said Patricia Rowland, before dubbing all 25 students honorary Ambassadors of
Tourism. "The thanks really goes to parents and teachers for supporting
children's growth and education through reading and writing."
"There's a tremendous amount of state pride
that students express in their essays, and when young people are engaged in
their communities, they begin to develop a sense of citizenship that strengthens
families and communities. We are delighted to be an annual co-sponsor of this
program because we've seen how much it inspires children to continue writing and
discovering new places in Connecticut," said Secretary of the State Susan
Winning essays in five divisions explored a wide
range of personal discoveries, from historical and cultural heritage to
observations on nature and state parks in Connecticut. Anne Troy, a first place
writer and student at Greenwich Catholic in Greenwich, described how much she
enjoys hiking while spending time with her family at Mianus River Park, an
amazing place to her in every season of the year.
Taylor Owen, a first place writer from the
Samuel Staples School in Easton explained why everyone should visit Yale
University in New Haven.
"I recommend you go because it is one of
the best colleges in the state. It's so good about 11,250 students attend
Yale," he said, adding that "it's loaded with old statues of scholars
and the architecture of each building is breathtaking."
Moriah Rose Maresh, a first place writer from
St. Bernard School in Vernon, wrote about Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union,
"I would recommend this place to someone
visiting our state because it is a place to be free," she said.
Second place writer Joseph DePaola of St.
Francis of Assisi School in Naugatuck wrote about Burr Pond in Torrington.
"I recommend you come to Burr Pond because
you will feel like you are in the Caribbean," he wrote. "Sitting in
the sun helps you get your troubles away."
Winners received award certificates and
"Full of Surprises" bags that included an array of admission tickets
and souvenirs donated from state attractions and companies. In addition, each
student received an autographed copy of Patricia Rowland's book, Marvelous
Max the Mansion Mouse.
Essays of the top five winners will be posted on
the Division of Tourism's website, www.ctbound.org
in the 4-kids section, as well as on the ConneCTkids website, www.kids.state.ct.us.
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Edward Dombroskas, CT Tourism Division,
Larry Perosino, Office of the Secretary of the State, 860-509-6259
Kathleen Goffa, MD&C, 203-624-4151 ext. 30