The 5th Annual Volunteer Square Essay Contest, in partnership with Hearst Connecticut Media, has come to a close. This year's contest was a record breaker. We received 118 submissions from 27 schools across Connecticut, making it the most competitive contest to date! The essays submitted truly represented how volunteering impacts the lives of teenagers in Connecticut.
Thank you to everyone that submitted an essay and to all that helped us promote this year's contest. Special thanks to our partners at Hearst Connecticut Media and to the Volunteer Square Advisory Board for reading every essay and helping us award the winners.
And now, without further ado, we are thrilled to announce the 5th Annual High School Essay Contest Winners.
First Place was awarded to Reva Kale, a junior at Staples High School in Westport. Reva compares her volunteer work to learning how to read and shares how it taught her about herself. "I will always remember the feeling of my first book. My first true book. One I cracked open and deciphered on my own, one that enticed me, amazed me, electrified me from start to finish. The minute I learned to read, I was gifted with a set of keys to a whole new world bound only by my imagination. Volunteering, like reading, gave me an extremely valuable set of keys." Read Reva's full essay here.