Branford, CT – Five smiling elementary students proudly displayed their winning essays amidst parents, grandparents, siblings and cameras flashing in Zane’s Cycles store. These five students, one each from Kindergarten through 4th grade, were chosen as having written a winning essay in his or her grade on the subject “What Are You Thankful For?”, sponsored by Zane’s Cycles of Branford. Each was awarded a $100 gift certificate from Zane’s Cycles.
Competition was very intense with this year’s entries topping over 500 sent in to the contest. “It was exceptionally difficult to choose a winner. All of the young writers showed great creativity and enthusiasm,” said Tom Girard, manager of Zane’s Cycles and presenter of the awards. “Many included an illustrated example along with their story. We relied on an independent panel of judges to choose the winning essays.”
Three judges, comprised of an elementary school teacher, an education consultant and a journalist, read all the entries. The contest was open to all elementary students from Grades K – 4.
The winners of the Zane’s Cycles “What Are You Thankful For?” Essay Contest 2012 are:
Kindergarten – Spenser Herget, Mary R. Tisko School
Grade 1 – Madeline Resendes, Mary R. Tisko School
Grade 2 – Arya Nadgouda, Mary T. Murphy School
Grade 3 – Julia McHenry, John B. Sliney School
Grade 4 – Anna Dendas, Mary R. Tisko School
Zane’s Cycles is located at 330 East Main Street in Branford, 203-488-3244 or at zanes.com