West Hartford CT Community Notes

Monday, May 20, 2013

KO students win top prizes Constitution essay contest

West Hartford– Kingswood Oxford students won two top spots in a Constitution essay contest sponsored jointly by the Hartford law firm Murtha Cullina and the WALKS Foundation, an organization made up of five local independent schools.
West Hartford residents Alexandra Stanton, who took first prize, and Sophia Kruger, who won third, were joined by Victoria Smith, a Loomis Chaffee student who placed second. KO students have won three first place finishes in the last four competitions.
The 51-year-old contest is open to junior history students at the five WALKS schools – Westminster, Avon Old Farms, Loomis Chaffee, Kingswood Oxford, and Suffield Academy.
Two finalists were selected from each school to advance in the competition which features the topic "Executive War Powers and National Security." The winners were chosen by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, who also offered remarks at the awards dinner. Finalists received certificates of merit plus a copy of "A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the U.S. Invasion of Mexico," by Amy S. Greenberg. Stanton also received a cash award of $200.
The WALKS Foundation was organized in 1956 to strengthen and broaden the scope of secondary education. The Constitution Essay Contest was established in 1962 to encourage study and understanding of the Constitution.

CAPTION: CT Attorney General George Jepsen congratulates the three winners in a Constitution essay contest (from left) Victoria Smith, of Loomis Chaffee, Allie Stanton, of KO, 1st place, and Sophie Kruger of KO, in 3rd place.


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